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Definition of cultivate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cultivate
    he / she / it cultivates
    past simple cultivated
    -ing form cultivating
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  1. 1cultivate something to prepare and use land for growing plants or crops synonym grow The land around here has never been cultivated.
  2. 2cultivate something to grow plants or crops The people cultivate mainly rice and beans.
  3. 3cultivate somebody/something (sometimes disapproving) to try to get someone'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.
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