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Definition of cultivate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    cultivate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkʌltɪveɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌltɪveɪt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cultivate
    BrE BrE//ˈkʌltɪveɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌltɪveɪt//
     
    he / she / it cultivates
    BrE BrE//ˈkʌltɪveɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌltɪveɪts//
     
    past simple cultivated
    BrE BrE//ˈkʌltɪveɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌltɪveɪtɪd//
     
    past participle cultivated
    BrE BrE//ˈkʌltɪveɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌltɪveɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form cultivating
    BrE BrE//ˈkʌltɪveɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌltɪveɪtɪŋ//
     
    Growing crops
     
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  1. 1cultivate something to prepare and use land for growing plants or crops The land around here has never been cultivated. Wordfinderarable, barn, crop, cultivate, dairy, fallow, farm, graze, livestock, tractor See related entries: Growing crops
  2. 2cultivate something to grow plants or crops synonym grow The people cultivate mainly rice and beans. See related entries: Growing crops
  3. 3cultivate somebody/something (sometimes disapproving) to try to get somebody’s friendship or support He purposely tried to cultivate good relations with the press. It helps if you go out of your way to cultivate the local people.
  4. 4cultivate something to develop an attitude, a way of talking or behaving, etc. She cultivated an air of sophistication.
  5. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from medieval Latin cultivat- ‘prepared for crops’, from the verb cultivare, from cultiva (terra) ‘arable (land)’, from colere ‘cultivate, inhabit’.Extra examples Olives have been cultivated successfully in southern Australia. The land here has been intensively cultivated for generations. This modern image is actively cultivated by the company.
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