c. 1700, of knowledge, etc., a figurative use, from French cultivation (16c.), noun of action from cultiver, from Latin cultivare "to till" (see cultivate). Meaning "raising of a plant or crop" is from 1719; literal sense of "tilling of the land" is from 1725.
1. Farmers with many acres under cultivation profited.
2. The cultivation in good taste is our main objective.
3. These high yields have been achieved largely through better methods of cultivation.
4. The land is not fertile enough to repay cultivation.
5. We plan to bring all these mountain slopes under cultivation.