To cultivate something is to care for it, to make it grow. You might cultivate a garden, or you might cultivate a friendship.

  • The farmer was cultivating the land, which was why it was so fertile.

  • The professor cultivated a close relationship with her students, which is why they loved her class.

Definition of cultivates


teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment


civilise, civilize, educate, school, train


prepare for crops


crop, work


adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment


domesticate, naturalise, naturalize, tame


foster the growth of

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Example Sentences for cultivates

  • 1

    Cultivation of fodder crops began in the 1950s.

  • 2

    Coconut is the main crop cultivated in the islands.

  • 3

    The soil is prepared for the cultivation of the new crop.

  • 4

    Maize and Weat are the most cultivated crops of the area.

  • 5

    Nowadays the main crop cultivated in the city is the sugar cane.

  • 6

    Weed control is the main function of the row crop cultivator.

  • 7

    The bark and fruit are similar to the often cultivated Magenta Cherry.

  • 8

    Cotton cultivation peaked in the 1930s, before boll weevils ravaged the crop.

  • 9

    The article is titled cultivator.

  • 10

    Maize and corn are cultivated in that area.