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Definition of "cultivate" []

  • To improve and prepare (land), as by plowing or fertilizing, for raising crops; till. (verb-transitive)
  • To loosen or dig soil around (growing plants). (verb-transitive)
  • To grow or tend (a plant or crop). (verb-transitive)
  • To promote the growth of (a biological culture). (verb-transitive)
  • To nurture; foster. See Synonyms at nurture. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cultivate" in a sentence
  • "A grower in Papparapatti village of Dharmapuri district says with the government's help, he can cultivate from a hectare of trees at least double India's nominal per capita income level of $1030 in 2009."
  • "YouTube, copyright, Creative Commons, government works, and the Public Domain – cultivate creativity on Dec 5th at 5pm"
  • "I think probably the most popular habit we writers cultivate is having coffee to hand."