Cultivate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈkʌltɪveɪt|  American pronunciation of the word cultivate
Brit.  |ˈkʌltɪveɪt|  British pronunciation of the word cultivate

verb

- foster the growth of
- prepare for crops(syn: crop, work)

cultivate the land

- teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment (syn: civilise, civilize, educate, school, train)
- adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment (syn: domesticate, naturalise, naturalize, tame)

Examples

Prehistoric peoples settled the area and began to cultivate the land.

Some of the fields are cultivated while others lie fallow.

a plant that is cultivated for its fruit

They survived by cultivating vegetables and grain.

He has carefully cultivated his image.

She cultivated a taste for fine wines.

He wants to cultivate his mind - to understand art and literature.

I felt that he was a person I should like to cultivate.

The land was too rocky to cultivate.

We cultivated maize and watermelons.

Try to cultivate a more relaxed and positive approach to life.

The company has been successful in cultivating a very professional image.

Professor Gladwyn would be an acquaintance worth cultivating.

I am aware of a single attempt to cultivate the sponge.

try to cultivate a less brusque manner

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: cultivate
he/she/it: cultivates
present participle: cultivating
past tense: cultivated
past participle: cultivated
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