Cultivate

Definition of Cultivate

Cul´ti`vate   Pronunciation: k?l´t?-v?t
v. t.1.To bestow attention, care, and labor upon, with a view to valuable returns; to till; to fertilize; as, to cultivate soil.
[imp. & p. p. Cultivated (-v?`t?d); p. pr. & vb. n. Cultivating (-v?`-t?ng).]
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.

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