Cul`ti*va"tion (k?l`t?-v?"sh?n), n. [Cf. F. cultivation.]

1.

The art or act of cultivating; improvement for agricultural purposes or by agricultural processes; tillage; production by tillage.

2.

Bestowal of time or attention for self-improvement or for the benefit of others; fostering care.

3.

The state of being cultivated; advancement in physical, intellectual, or moral condition; refinement; culture.

Italy . . . was but imperfectly reduced to cultivation before the irruption of the barbarians. Hallam.

 

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