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cultivated

[kuhl-tuh-vey-tid] /ˈkʌl təˌveɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
prepared and used for raising crops; tilled:
cultivated land.
2.
produced or improved by cultivation, as a plant.
3.
educated; refined; cultured:
cultivated tastes.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; cultivate + -ed2
Related forms
miscultivated, adjective
noncultivated, adjective
pseudocultivated, adjective
quasi-cultivated, adjective
semicultivated, adjective
supercultivated, adjective
uncultivated, adjective
well-cultivated, adjective
Can be confused
cultivated, cultured.

cultivate

[kuhl-tuh-veyt] /ˈkʌl təˌveɪt/
verb (used with object), cultivated, cultivating.
1.
to prepare and work on (land) in order to raise crops; till.
2.
to use a cultivator on.
3.
to promote or improve the growth of (a plant, crop, etc.) by labor and attention.
4.
to produce by culture:
to cultivate a strain of bacteria.
5.
to develop or improve by education or training; train; refine:
to cultivate a singing voice.
6.
to promote the growth or development of (an art, science, etc.); foster.
7.
to devote oneself to (an art, science, etc.).
8.
to seek to promote or foster (friendship, love, etc.).
9.
to seek the acquaintance or friendship of (a person).
Origin
1610-20; < Medieval Latin cultīvātus (past participle of cultīvāre to till), equivalent to cultīv(us) (Latin cult(us), past participle of colere to care for, till (cf. cult) + -īvus -ive) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
overcultivate, verb (used with object), overcultivated, overcultivating.
precultivate, verb (used with object), precultivated, precultivating.
recultivate, verb (used with object), recultivated, recultivating.
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Examples from the web for cultivated
  • Whether cultivated truffles taste as good as wild, as many growers say, is a matter of debate.
  • And clearly as a lit prof, new interests can only be cultivated through books.
  • In many cases, those poisons have persisted into the cultivated varieties, albeit at lower levels.
  • Weeds are nothing more than plants that take advantage of unused resources in areas cultivated by humans.
  • It seems that biodiversity on organic land is far higher than in traditionally cultivated soils.
  • Bananas have been cultivated for thousands of years.
  • Fall is a great time to enjoy the woodsy, earthy flavors of mushrooms, both wild and cultivated.
  • Varied: mixed cultivated and wooded areas, and brushlands.
  • The culture of coffee has been carefully cultivated to ensure maximum reach.
  • Community gardens are cultivated with the help of local business sponsors and volunteers.
British Dictionary definitions for cultivated

cultivated

/ˈkʌltɪˌveɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
cultured, refined, or educated
2.
((of land or soil))
  1. subjected to tillage or cultivation
  2. tilled and broken up
3.
(of plants) specially bred or improved by cultivation

cultivate

/ˈkʌltɪˌveɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to till and prepare (land or soil) for the growth of crops
2.
to plant, tend, harvest, or improve (plants) by labour and skill
3.
to break up (land or soil) with a cultivator or hoe
4.
to improve or foster (the mind, body, etc) as by study, education, or labour
5.
to give special attention to: to cultivate a friendship, to cultivate a hobby
6.
to give or bring culture to (a person, society, etc); civilize
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin cultivāre to till, from Old French cultiver, from Medieval Latin cultīvus cultivable, from Latin cultus cultivated, from colere to till, toil over
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Word Origin and History for cultivated

cultivate

v.

early 17c., from Medieval Latin cultivatus, past participle of cultivare, from Late Latin cultivus "tilled," from Latin cultus (see cult). Figurative sense of "improve by training or education" is from 1680s. Related: Cultivable; cultivated; cultivating.

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