cultivation

Cultivation is the act of caring for or raising plants. Your desire to grow your own fruits and vegetables in the backyard means you'll be engaged in some heavy cultivation.

The word cultivation is most often used to talk about the ways that farmers take care of crops. However, in a more general sense, the verb cultivate means to improve or train someone or something. You could participate in the cultivation of your little brother by paying for him to take tango lessons and teaching him how to play chess. Or perhaps you might start by simply teaching him how to sip and not slurp his soup.

Definitions of cultivation
  1. noun
    (agriculture) production of food by preparing the land to grow crops (especially on a large scale)
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    aquaculture
    rearing aquatic animals or cultivating aquatic plants for food
    apiculture, beekeeping
    the cultivation of bees on a commercial scale for the production of honey
    agriculture, farming, husbandry
    the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
    culture
    the raising of plants or animals
    tilling
    cultivation of the land in order to raise crops
    animal husbandry
    breeding and caring for farm animals
    arboriculture, tree farming
    the cultivation of tree for the production of timber
    cranberry culture
    the cultivation of cranberries
    monoculture
    the cultivation of a single crop (on a farm or area or country)
    tillage
    the cultivation of soil for raising crops
    dairy farming, dairying
    the business of a dairy
    gardening, horticulture
    the cultivation of plants
    ploughing, plowing
    tilling the land with a plow
    aquiculture, hydroponics, tank farming
    a technique of growing plants (without soil) in water containing dissolved nutrients
    mixed farming
    growing crops and feed and livestock all on the same farm
    planting
    putting seeds or young plants in the ground to grow
    ranching
    farming for the raising of livestock (particularly cattle)
    strip cropping
    cultivation of crops in strips following the contours of the land to minimize erosion
    subsistence farming
    farming that provides for the basic needs of the farmer without surpluses for marketing
    truck farming
    growing vegetables for the market
    viniculture, viticulture
    the cultivation of grapes and grape vines; grape growing
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    production
    (economics) manufacturing or mining or growing something (usually in large quantities) for sale
  2. noun
    the act of raising or growing plants
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    production
    (economics) manufacturing or mining or growing something (usually in large quantities) for sale
  3. noun
    the process of fostering the growth of something
    “the cultivation of bees for honey”
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    development, growing, growth, maturation, ontogenesis, ontogeny
    (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level
  4. noun
    socialization through training and education to develop one's mind or manners
    “her cultivation was remarkable”
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    acculturation, enculturation, socialisation, socialization
    the adoption of the behavior patterns of the surrounding culture
  5. noun
    a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality
    synonyms: culture, finish, polish, refinement
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    flawlessness, ne plus ultra, perfection
    the state of being without a flaw or defect
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