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[kuhl-tuh-vey-shuh n] /ˌkʌl təˈveɪ ʃən/
the act or art of cultivating.
the state of being cultivated.
culture; refinement.
Origin of cultivation
1690-1700; cultivate + -ion
Related forms
noncultivation, noun
overcultivation, noun
precultivation, noun
recultivation, noun
self-cultivation, noun
uncultivation, noun
3. gentility, breeding, taste. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cultivation
  • In addition, land cultivation has resulted in less habitat for wild animals.
  • Harvests can rise only if new land is brought into cultivation or yields go up.
  • Falling yields have prompted farmers to put more land under cultivation, further eroding bee habitat.
  • Hundreds of well-heeled investors and would-be farmers poured in from across the country to vie for four cultivation permits.
  • cultivation of cross-campus collaborations is a primary responsibility of this position.
  • If area under cultivation does not increase, rural employment opportunities do not rise.
  • Even then, wildlife was fairly scarce because of increasing deforestation and shifting cultivation.
  • The investigators say this selective cultivation and management of wild plants shows behaviors that led to agriculture.
  • Since lavenders have been in cultivation for centuries and some species cross easily, many varieties and hybrids have arisen.
  • cultivation by farmers would still be forbidden, although an application is pending.
British Dictionary definitions for cultivation


  1. the planting, tending, improving, or harvesting of crops or plants
  2. the preparation of ground to promote their growth
development, esp through education, training, etc
culture or sophistication, esp social refinement
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Word Origin and History for cultivation

c.1700, of knowledge, etc., a figurative use, from French cultivation (16c.), noun of action from cultiver, from Latin cultivare "to till" (see cultivate). Meaning "raising of a plant or crop" is from 1719; literal sense of "tilling of the land" is from 1725.

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cultivation in Medicine

cultivation cul·ti·va·tion (kŭl'tə-vā'shən)
The process of promoting the growth of a biological culture.

cul'ti·vate' v.
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