cultivate VERB 1) prepare and use (land) for crops or gardening. 2) raise or grow (plants or crops). 3) grow or maintain (living cells or tissue) in an artificial medium containing nutrients. 4) try to acquire or develop (a quality or skill). 5) try to win the friendship or favour of. 6) (cultivated) refined and well educated.
DERIVATIVES cultivable adjective cultivatable adjective cultivation noun.
ORIGIN Latin cultivare, from cultiva terra 'arable land' .

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