cul|ti|vate [ˈkʌltıveıt] v [T]
[Date: 1600-1700; : Medieval Latin; Origin: , past participle of cultivare, from cultivus 'used for crops', from Latin cultus, past participle of colere 'to cultivate']
1.) to prepare and use land for growing crops and plants
The land was too rocky to cultivate.
2.) formal to plant and take care of a particular crop
= ↑grow
We cultivated maize and watermelons.
3.) to work hard to develop a particular skill, attitude, or quality
Try to cultivate a more relaxed and positive approach to life.
The company has been successful in cultivating a very professional image.
4.) to make an effort to develop a friendly relationship with someone, especially someone who can help you
Professor Gladwyn would be an acquaintance worth cultivating.

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