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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cul·ti·vate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cultivated p. pr. & vb. n. Cultivating ]
 1. To bestow attention, care, and labor upon, with a view to valuable returns; to till; to fertilize; as, to cultivate soil.
 2. To direct special attention to; to devote time and thought to; to foster; to cherish.
    Leisure . . . to cultivate general literature.   --Wordsworth.
 3. To seek the society of; to court intimacy with.
    I ever looked on Lord Keppel as one of the greatest and best men of his age; and I loved and cultivated him accordingly.   --Burke.
 4. To improve by labor, care, or study; to impart culture to; to civilize; to refine.
    To cultivate the wild, licentious savage.   --Addison.
    The mind of man hath need to be prepared for piety and virtue; it must be cultivated to the end.   --Tillotson.
 5. To raise or produce by tillage; to care for while growing; as, to cultivate corn or grass.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: (of land or fields) prepared for raising crops by plowing or
             fertilizing; "cultivated land" [ant: uncultivated]
      2: no longer in the natural state; developed by human care and
         for human use; "cultivated roses"; "cultivated
      3: marked by refinement in taste and manners; "cultivated
         speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a
         genteel old lady"; "polite society" [syn: civilized, civilised,
          cultured, genteel, polite]