cultivate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “cultivate” in the English Dictionary

"cultivate" in British English

See all translations

cultivateverb [T]

uk   /ˈkʌl.tɪ.veɪt/  us   /ˈkʌl.tə.veɪt/
  • cultivate verb [T] (DEVELOP)

C2 to ​try to ​develop and ​improve something: She has cultivated an ​image as a ​toughnegotiator.
If you cultivate a ​relationship, you make a ​specialeffort to ​establish and ​develop it, because you ​think it might be ​useful to you: The new ​primeminister is cultivating ​relationships with ​EastAsiancountries.
cultivation
noun [U] uk   /ˌkʌl.tɪˈveɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌkʌl.təˈveɪ.ʃən/
(Definition of cultivate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cultivate" in American English

See all translations

cultivateverb [T]

 us   /ˈkʌl·təˌveɪt/
  • cultivate verb [T] (GROW)

to ​prepareland and ​growcrops on it, or to ​grow a ​particularcrop: He cultivated ​soybeans on most of the ​land.
  • cultivate verb [T] (DEVELOP)

to ​create a new ​condition by ​directedeffort: We’re ​trying to ​help these ​kids cultivate an ​interest in ​science.
To cultivate is also to ​try to ​becomefriendly with someone because that ​person may be ​able to ​help you: to cultivate ​friendships
cultivation
noun [U]  us   /ˌkʌl·təˈveɪ·ʃən/
Simple ​changes in ​rice cultivation can ​reducemethane emissions.
(Definition of cultivate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"cultivate" in Business English

See all translations

cultivateverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈkʌltɪveɪt/
PRODUCTION to prepare ​land and ​growcrops on it, or to ​grow a particular ​crop: Corn, or maize, is ​indigenous to Mexico and has been cultivated there for some 6,000 ​years.
to ​try to ​develop and ​improve something: She has cultivated an ​image as a ​shrewdinvestor.
if you cultivate a ​relationship, you make a ​specialeffort to ​develop it, because you ​think it might be useful to you: He cultivated ​businesscontacts in ten ​major cities.
cultivation
noun [U]
the cultivation of ​crops/the ​land This ​course will ​help with the cultivation of ​keymarketingskills. If you wish to ​retaincustomers, you must ​work at the cultivation of the ​customerrelationship.
(Definition of cultivate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of cultivate?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“cultivate” in British English

“cultivate” in American English

“cultivate” in Business English

Just who is driving this thing?
Just who is driving this thing?
by ,
May 03, 2016
by Colin McIntosh Do you remember Herbie the Love Bug? Herbie was a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle car in a string of Walt Disney movies. In typical Disney anthropomorphic style, Herbie goes his own way, falls in love, cries, plays jokes, and generally has a mind of his own. While the new driverless cars, like those being

Read More 

Word of the Day

star

a very large ball of burning gas in space that is usually seen from the earth as a point of light in the sky at night

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More