prepared and used for raising crops; tilled: cultivated land.
produced or improved by cultivation, as a plant.
educated; refined; cultured: cultivated tastes.

1655–65; cultivate + -ed2

miscultivated, adjective
noncultivated, adjective
pseudocultivated, adjective
quasi-cultivated, adjective
semicultivated, adjective
supercultivated, adjective
uncultivated, adjective
well-cultivated, adjective

cultivated, cultured. Unabridged


verb (used with object), cultivated, cultivating.
to prepare and work on (land) in order to raise crops; till.
to use a cultivator on.
to promote or improve the growth of (a plant, crop, etc.) by labor and attention.
to produce by culture: to cultivate a strain of bacteria.
to develop or improve by education or training; train; refine: to cultivate a singing voice.
to promote the growth or development of (an art, science, etc.); foster.
to devote oneself to (an art, science, etc.).
to seek to promote or foster (friendship, love, etc.).
to seek the acquaintance or friendship of (a person).

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

overcultivate, verb (used with object), overcultivated, overcultivating.
precultivate, verb (used with object), precultivated, precultivating.
recultivate, verb (used with object), recultivated, recultivating. Unabridged
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cultivate (ˈkʌltɪˌveɪt)
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
[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]

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

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Word Origin & History

1620, from M.L. cultivatus, pp. of cultivare, from L.L. cultivus "tilled," from L. cultus (see cult). Figurative sense of "improve by training or education" is from 1680s.
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Example sentences
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.
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