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verb [transitive] cultivate pronunciation in British English /ˈkʌltɪveɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecultivating
past tensecultivated
past participlecultivated
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  1. 1
    to make land suitable for growing crops or plants
    Most of the world’s fertile land is already being cultivated.
  2. 2
    to grow crops or plants, especially in large quantities
    Rice is cultivated throughout the coastal regions.
  3. 3
    to develop something such as an attitude, ability, or skill
    He’s trying to cultivate a more caring image.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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