cultivate Definition 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

Definition of “cultivate” - English Dictionary

"cultivate" in American English

See all translations

cultivateverb [T]

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

to prepare land and grow crops on it, or to grow a particular crop: He cultivated soybeans on most of the land.
  • cultivate verb [T] (DEVELOP)

to create a new condition by directed effort: We’re trying to help these kids cultivate an interest in science.
To cultivate is also to try to become friendly 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 reduce methane emissions.
(Definition of cultivate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"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 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   /ˌkʌl.təˈveɪ.ʃən/
(Definition of cultivate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cultivate" in Business English

See all translations

cultivateverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈkʌltɪveɪt/
PRODUCTION to prepare land and grow crops 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 shrewd investor.
if you cultivate a relationship, you make a special effort to develop it, because you think it might be useful to you: He cultivated business contacts in ten major cities.
cultivation
noun [U]
the cultivation of crops/the land This course will help with the cultivation of key marketing skills. If you wish to retain customers, you must work at the cultivation of the customer relationship.
(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 Business English

A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

droid

a robot (= a machine controlled by computer) that is made to look like a human

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