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verb [transitive] cultivate pronunciation in British English /ˈkʌltɪveɪt/
Word Forms
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.
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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.


… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

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