cultivate - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
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.

  2. 3
    to develop something such as an attitude, ability, or skill

    He’s trying to cultivate a more caring image.

  3. 4
    to develop a friendship or relationship with someone, usually in order to get an advantage from it