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cultivate


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cultivate  \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 
  soil. 
 
  2.  To  direct  special  attention  to  to  devote  time  and  thought 
  to  to  foster;  to  cherish. 
 
  Leisure  .  .  .  to  cultivate  general  literature. 
  --Wordsworth. 
 
  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 
  --Tillotson. 
 
  5.  To  raise  or  produce  by  tillage;  to  care  for  while  growing; 
  as  to  cultivate  corn  or  grass. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cultivate 
  v  1:  foster  the  growth  of 
  2:  prepare  for  crops,  of  soil  [syn:  {crop},  {work}] 
  3:  train  to  be  discriminative;  as  of  taste  or  judgment; 
  "Cultivate  your  musical  taste";  "Train  your  tastebuds"; 
  "She  is  well  schooled  in  poetry"  [syn:  {educate},  {school}, 
  {train},  {civilize}] 
  4:  adapt  to  the  environment;  "domesticate  plants"  [syn:  {domesticate}, 
  {naturalize}] 




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