To bestow attention, care, and labor upon, with a view to valuable returns; to till; to fertilize; as, to cultivate soil.
- To improve and prepare (land), as by plowing or fertilizing, for raising crops; till.
- To loosen or dig soil around (growing plants).
- To grow or tend (a plant or crop).
- To promote the growth of (a biological culture).
- To nurture; foster. See Synonyms at nurture.
- To form and refine, as by education.
- To seek the acquaintance or goodwill of; make friends with.