Hypertext Webster Gateway: "cultivate"

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

2. To direct special attention to; to devote time and thought
to; to foster; to cherish.

Leisure . . . to cultivate general literature.

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.

5. To raise or produce by tillage; to care for while growing;
as, to cultivate corn or grass.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v 1: foster the growth of
2: prepare for crops; "Work the soil"; "cultivate the land"
[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}, {civilise}]
4: adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment;
"domesticate oats"; "tame the soil" [syn: {domesticate}, {naturalize},
{naturalise}, {tame}]

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