early 17c., from Medieval Latin cultivatus, past participle of cultivare "to cultivate," from Late Latin cultivus "tilled," from Latin cultus (see cult). Figurative sense of "improve by training or education" is from 1680s. Related: Cultivable; cultivated; cultivating.
1. Estonia has done much to cultivate the friendship of western European countries.
2. We should cultivate the good habits of diligence and frugality.
3. He always tries to cultivate rich and famous people.
4. Farmers cultivate their farms with cows.
5. One should cultivate good manners from childhood.