1. The art or act of cultivating; improvement for agricultural purposes or by agricultural processes; tillage; production by tillage.
2. Bestowal of time or attention for self-improvement or for the benefit of others; fostering care.
3. The state of being cultivated; advancement in physical, intellectual, or moral condition; refinement; culture.
Italy . . . was but imperfectly reduced to cultivation before the irruption of the barbarians. --Hallam.
n 1: socialization through training and education
2: (agriculture) production of food by preparing the land to
3: a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or
impeccable quality; "they performed with great polish"; "I
admired the exquisite refinement of his prose"; "almost an
inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is
almost art"--Joseph Conrad [syn: polish, refinement, culture,