cultivate

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Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /ˈkʌltɪveɪt/
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Verb[change]

Plain form
cultivate

Third-person singular
cultivates

Past tense
cultivated

Past participle
cultivated

Present participle
cultivating

  1. (transitive) If you cultivate a crop, you grow it.
    By 3,600 years ago, farmers were cultivating cereals at a high altitude.
  2. (transitive) If you cultivate land, you grow crops on it.
    The government gave farmers the right to cultivate more than one million hectares of unused farmland.
  3. (transitive) If you cultivate a relationship, an image, or a skill, you develop it.
    An additional important strategy noted was the importance of cultivating relationships with people.

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