Definition of cultivation in English:

cultivation

noun

mass noun
  • 1The action of cultivating land, or the state of being cultivated.

    ‘the cultivation of arable crops’
    ‘the economy was based largely on rice cultivation’
    • ‘It is low yields and low incomes and limited opportunities which force the poor to farm the hillside or cut down rainforest or otherwise bring land under cultivation - land that is marginal for agriculture.’
    • ‘The 3,000 students the academy will be able to take will also learn animal husbandry and crop cultivation to help themselves out of poverty.’
    • ‘The third category of tillage is selective cultivation, which is used to control weeds after the crop has emerged from the soil.’
    • ‘Less than 15 percent of its land is suitable for cultivation.’
    • ‘The village council or the lineage group did not have effective control over lands under cultivation or fallow fields.’
    • ‘This success in weed control has resulted primarily from the extensive use of herbicides, changes in crop rotations and a range of cultivation methods.’
    • ‘There is not a land shortage, but not all arable land is under cultivation.’
    • ‘Agricultural officials estimate that 150,000 hectares of paddy rice cultivation has been ruined.’
    • ‘They developed subsequently, from less communally organized beginnings, chiefly to achieve a better integration of arable and pasture farming as more land was taken into cultivation.’
    • ‘Weeders allow delaying the first cultivation until the crop is large enough to cultivate deeply and rapidly.’
    • ‘More land is also under cultivation and more fertilisers are being used on crops so that there is an increasing amount of fertiliser running off the land and onto inshore reefs.’
    • ‘Other cultural practices of tillage, cultivation, herbicide application, and fertility were conducted as considered standard for the region.’
    • ‘At present, however, only about 10 percent of the nation's agricultural land is under cultivation, and subsistence farming is all but dead.’
    • ‘Access to agricultural land for cultivation and capital for undertaking non-farm self-employment is critical.’
    • ‘Now we have a system that will help us reduce or even eliminate the tillage and cultivation that adds to our labor and harms the soil resources we so desperately want to protect.’
    • ‘Use herbicide and cultivation in grain cropping systems to reduce weeds.’
    • ‘About 85 percent of all work resides in the traditional agricultural sector, comprising cultivation of crops and rasing of livestock.’
    • ‘Such traditional methods of rice cultivation have proven a good match with today's environmentally-conscious consumers.’
    • ‘For the first time in living memory significant amounts of arable land were withdrawn from cultivation.’
    • ‘If the government wanted more reasons not to embrace commercial cultivation of genetically modified crops then it need look no further than yesterday's findings.’
    growing, raising, rearing, farming, culture
    agriculture, agronomy, Horticulture, husbandry
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  • 2The process of trying to acquire or develop a quality or skill.

    ‘the cultivation of good staff–management relations’
    • ‘In a word, teachers are playing a critical role in the cultivation of high quality students.’
    • ‘Networking and the cultivation of contacts are both professional skills and survival skills, as is the continual updating of technological expertise.’
    • ‘But problems in the nation's baseball development due to a lack of systematic cultivation and training is more worrisome.’
    • ‘Admittedly, dictatorships do not encourage the cultivation of colourful eccentrics such as Montgomery or Patton.’
    • ‘The second half of the text presents practical suggestions for religious cultivation so that readers may develop faith and ultimately attain liberation.’
    • ‘However, the art schools formally disseminated the knowledge of the medium and technique of its usage, alongside cultivation of a taste for it.’
    • ‘They can be modified and refined through cultivation, but must also come naturally.’
    • ‘There is a tendency for people on both sides of politics to neglect the cultivation of social skills and personality.’
    • ‘If we entirely ignore the examination of one's character in the recruitment of students, the cultivation of character will never become the core of domestic education.’
    • ‘The process of building a new society requires - perhaps as much as the development of new institutions-the cultivation of this moral sense.’
    • ‘Spiritual advance came from the cultivation of appropriate attitudes rather than outward behaviour.’
    • ‘Moral development is a prerequisite for the cultivation of Meditation and Wisdom.’
    • ‘This rationality, though, is directed at improvement and cultivation of the body rather than the mind.’
    • ‘Cultural capital can be gained individually through the process of learning, adaptation, and cultivation.’
    • ‘The cultivation of detachment encourages an unselfish appreciation and enjoyment of nature without thought of profit and exploitation.’
    • ‘The cultivation of these eight qualities requires both internal and external development.’
    • ‘One must mature beyond eating things simply because they taste good and develop an attitude of eating for health preservation and personal cultivation.’
    • ‘But he repeatedly returned to education and cultivation as central.’
    • ‘For the monk the moral discipline underpins cultivation of the mind in meditation; but for both monks and laymen the cultivation of certain mental skills and attitudes could in turn underpin morality.’
    • ‘The general strategy of his university reform can be located within the cultivation or development of our essential human capacities.’
    improvement, bettering
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  • 3Refinement and good education.

    ‘a man of cultivation and taste’
    • ‘They were the fellow travellers who prided themselves on their cultural cultivation and their disdain for the brutish loyalty of party members.’
    • ‘It's understood as a mark of educated cultivation, not wilful indulgence or evasion.’
    • ‘He has the intellect and cultivation of one, and the survival skills and supernatural instincts of the other.’
    • ‘His father was a well-known physician, said to be a man of cultivation and taste.’
    • ‘What I have yet to consider is whether this education-or call it cultivation - is in fact there to be hidden.’
    • ‘The growth of artistic expressions is a sign of cultivation of sensitivity, of mellowing, of humanism.’
    • ‘Both show her surrounded by evidence of her cultivation and enlightened tastes in literature, her refined aesthetic sensibilities, and her talent in music.’
    culture, culturedness, artistic awareness, intellectual awareness, education, erudition, learning, enlightenment, discrimination, good taste, taste, refinement
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Pronunciation

cultivation

/kʌltɪˈveɪʃn/