|Origin:||, past participle of cultivare, from cultivus 'used for crops', from Latin cultus, past participle of colere 'to cultivate'|
to prepare and use land for growing crops and plants:
The land was too rocky to cultivate.
to plant and take care of a particular crop [= grow]:
We cultivated maize and watermelons.
to work hard to develop a particular skill, attitude, or quality:
Try to cultivate a more relaxed and positive approach to life.
The company has been successful in cultivating a very professional image.
to make an effort to develop a friendly relationship with someone, especially someone who can help you:
Professor Gladwyn would be an acquaintance worth cultivating.