cultivate - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online (US)

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “cultivate”

See all translations

cultivate

verb [T] uk   /ˈkʌl.tɪ.veɪt/  us   /-t̬ə-/

cultivate verb [T] (USE LAND)

C1 to prepare land and grow crops on it, or to grow a particular crop: Most of the land there is too poor to cultivate. The villagers cultivate mostly maize and beans.

cultivate verb [T] (DEVELOP)

C2 to try to develop and improve something: She has cultivated an image as a tough negotiator. If you cultivate a relationship, you make a special effort to establish and develop it, because you think it might be useful to you: The new prime minister is cultivating relationships with East Asian countries.
cultivation
noun [U] uk   /ˌkʌl.tɪˈveɪ.ʃən/  us   /-t̬ə-/
(Definition of cultivate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of cultivate?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “cultivate” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

force

physical, especially violent, strength, or power

Word of the Day

They sometimes go here and they never go there: using adverbs of frequency

by Liz Walter,
April 29, 2015
Sometimes, always, often, never: these are some of the most common words in English.  Unfortunately, they are also some of the words that cause the most problems for students. Many of my students put them in the wrong place, often because that’s where they go in their own languages. They say things

Read More 

e-juice noun

April 27, 2015
the liquid content in an e-cigarette, which includes nicotine and may be flavoured in various ways Contestants…suck on a modified vaper until they’ve filled their chest cavity with enough vaporised nicotine “e-juice” to shoot out a belch of white smoke upwards of 4ft long.

Read More