V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to grow plants or crops; 2. to prepare the land for growing plants or crops; 3. to nurture the growth of something; 4. to develop something, like skill, judgment, taste, etc.

Synonyms: farm, develop, grow, promote, nurture, foster, encourage, nourish, culture, rear, refine

Antonyms: stunt, impede, impair

Tips: The word cultivate has the same origin as the word culture. The essential meaning of cultivate is "to grow or improve." The original sense of the word was that of "cultivating (farming) land," and from this, it took on the figurative sense of "cultivating one's mind."

Usage Examples:

I've joined a wine club in order to cultivate my taste for fine wine. (refine, foster)

I'm cultivating a relationship with the president of the company for which I want to work when I graduate. (developing, fostering)

I would love to cultivate roses in my garden, but I just don't think the soil is good enough. (grow, rear)

My parents have cultivated my singing career by paying for my vocal lessons over the years. (encouraged, promoted, nurtured)

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