cultivate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin cultivātus, perfect passive participle of cultivō (till, cultivate), from cultīvus (tilled), from Latin cultus, perfect passive participle of colō (till, cultivate), which comes from earlier *quelō, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷel- (to move; to turn (around)). Cognates include Ancient Greek πέλω (pélō) and Sanskrit चरति (cárati). The same Proto-Indo-European root also gave Latin in-quil-īnus (inhabitant) and anculus (servant).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

cultivate (third-person singular simple present cultivates, present participle cultivating, simple past and past participle cultivated)

  1. To grow plants, notably crops
    Farmers should cultivate their crops to get a good harvest.
  2. To nurture; to foster; to tend.
    They tried to cultivate an interest in learning among their students.
  3. To turn or stir soil in preparation for planting.

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Participle[edit]

cultivate

  1. past participle of cultivar