cultivate

To cultivate is to nurture and help grow. Farmers cultivate crops, fundraising professionals cultivate donors, and celebrities cultivate their images.

When you cultivate something, you work to make it better. Originally, the word referred only to crops that required tilling, but the meaning has widened. No matter what is being cultivated, the word implies a level of care that is reminiscent of gardening. Sometime friendships come naturally and sometimes you have to cultivate them. To cultivate anything requires an attention to detail, an understanding of what is being cultivated, and a lot of patience.

Primary Meanings of cultivate

1.
v
adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment
2.
v
foster the growth of
3.
v
teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment
Full Definitions of cultivate
1

v adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment

Synonyms:
domesticate, naturalise, naturalize, tame
Type of:
accommodate, adapt
make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose

v prepare for crops

cultivate the land”
Synonyms:
crop, work
knead, work
make uniform
Types:
overcrop, overcultivate
to exhaust by excessive cultivation
Type of:
fix, gear up, prepare, ready, set, set up
make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
2

v foster the growth of

Types:
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farm, grow, produce, raise
cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques
carry
bear (a crop)
overproduce
produce in excess; produce more than needed or wanted
keep
raise
3

v teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment

Cultivate your musical taste”
Synonyms:
civilise, civilize, educate, school, train
Types:
sophisticate
make less natural or innocent
Type of:
down, fine-tune, polish, refine
improve or perfect by pruning or polishing

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