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verb [transitive] cultivate pronunciation in British English /ˈkʌltɪveɪt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theycultivate
he/she/itcultivates
present participlecultivating
past tensecultivated
past participlecultivated
  1. 1
    to make land suitable for growing crops or plants

    Most of the world's fertile land is already being cultivated.

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  2. 2
    to grow crops or plants, especially in large quantities

    Rice is cultivated throughout the coastal regions.

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  3. 3
    to develop something such as an attitude, ability, or skill

    He's trying to cultivate a more caring image.

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