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Meaning of CULTIVATE

Pronunciation:  'kultu`veyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment; "domesticate oats"; "tame the soil"
  2. [v]  prepare for crops; "Work the soil"; "cultivate the land"
  3. [v]  foster the growth of
  4. [v]  train to be discriminative; as of taste or judgment; "Cultivate your musical taste"; "Train your tastebuds"; "She is well schooled in poetry"

CULTIVATE is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: civilise, civilize, crop, domesticate, educate, naturalise, naturalize, school, tame, train, work
 See Also: accommodate, adapt, down, farm, fine-tune, gear up, grow, overcrop, overcultivate, polish, prepare, produce, raise, ready, refine, set, set up, sophisticate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cul"ti*vate\ (k?l"t?-v?t), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
{Cultivated} (-v?`t?d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cultivating}
(-v?`-t?ng).] [LL. cultivatus, p. p. of cultivare to
cultivate, fr. cultivus cultivated, fr. L. cultus, p. p. of
colere to till, cultivate. Cf. {Colony}.]
1. To bestow attention, care, and labor upon, with a view to
   valuable returns; to till; to fertilize; as, to cultivate

2. To direct special attention to; to devote time and thought
   to; to foster; to cherish.

         Leisure . . . to cultivate general literature.

3. To seek the society of; to court intimacy with.

         I ever looked on Lord Keppel as one of the greatest
         and best men of his age; and I loved and cultivated
         him accordingly.                      --Burke.

4. To improve by labor, care, or study; to impart culture to;
   to civilize; to refine.

         To cultivate the wild, licentious savage. --Addison.

         The mind of man hath need to be prepared for piety
         and virtue; it must be cultivated to the end.

5. To raise or produce by tillage; to care for while growing;
   as, to cultivate corn or grass.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are cultivating indicates that you need to clear your mind of negative thoughts. Keeping an open mind will further allow you to grow as a person.
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