Antonyms of cultivate:
abandon, desert, forsake, cast, discard, ditch, dump, fling, jettison, junk, reject, scrap, shed, shuck, slough, throw away, throw out, unload, lose, ban, bar, enjoin, forbid, interdict, outlaw, prevent, prohibit, proscribe, battle, combat, contend, counter, fight, oppose, repress, snuff, squash, squelch, stifle, subdue, suppress, arrest, check, halt, retard, encumber, fetter, hobble, impede, interfere, manacle, obstruct, shackle, discourage, frustrate, hinder, inhibit, kill, dig, extirpate, pick, pluck, pull, uproot, cut, hay, mow.
Examples of usage:
  1. We would therefore recommend to the Colony at large to cultivate that Christian union, harmony and tender affection which constitute the only foundation upon which our invaluable privileges can rest with any security or our public measures be pursued with the least prospect of success."
    "Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution", L. Carroll Judson.
  2. He became conversant with the pattern of the window curtains, and began to cultivate a lively interest in the headgear of the " superior young person" who wheeled Miss Cameron's go- cart.
    "Love's Usuries", Louis Creswicke.
  3. Share the Experience I have had, Consider all I've known and seen, And Don't be Good, and Don't be Bad, But cultivate a Golden Mean.
    "Verse and Worse", Harry Graham.