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  1. cul·ti·vate
    IPA[ˈkəltəˌvāt]
  2. verb

    • 1. prepare and use (land) for crops or gardening:

      the peasants who cultivated the land became its owners
    • 2. break up (soil) in preparation for sowing or planting:

      damp, well-cultivated soil
    • 3. raise or grow (plants), especially on a large scale for commercial purposes:

      they were encouraged to cultivate basic food crops walnuts were cultivated for salad oil
      Synonym : grow, raise, rear, bring on, tend, plant, sow
    • 4. grow or maintain (living cells or tissue) in culture:

      blood cells that can be most easily cultivated are macrophages
    • 5. try to acquire or develop (a quality, sentiment, or skill):

      he cultivated an air of indifference
      Synonym : try to acquire, pursue, court, try to develop, work hard at, foster, nurture, encourage
    • 6. try to win the friendship or favor of (someone):

      it helps if you go out of your way to cultivate the local people
      Synonym : seek the friendship of, seek the favor of, try to win over, try to get someone on one's side, try to get on someone's good side, woo, court, pay court to, rub up the right way, run after, make advances to, make up to, keep sweet, ingratiate oneself with, curry favor with, associate with, mix with, keep company with, get in someone's good books, butter up, suck up to, brown-nose, shine up to
    • 7. apply oneself to improving or developing (one's mind or manners).

  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: cultivate, 3rd person present: cultivates, gerund or present participle: cultivating, past tense: cultivated, past participle: cultivated

    • verb

      prepare and use (land) for crops or gardening:

      break up (soil) in preparation for sowing or planting:

    • adjective

      refined and well educated:
    • adjective

      refined and well educated:
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