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cultivate

cul·ti·vate

cultivate

 
 
pronunciation:
kuhl tih veIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: cultivated, cultivates, cultivating
definition 1: to make fit for growing plants by plowing, weeding, or adding fertilizer.
We worked hard to cultivate the soil for our new garden.
synonyms:
farm, till
similar words:
fertilize, harrow, plow, rake, weed, work
definition 2: to plant and help grow.
They cultivate vegetables on their farm.
 
synonyms:
grow, raise
similar words:
tend
definition 3: to help grow and develop.
She is a rich person who cultivates the arts.I am cultivating her friendship.
synonyms:
foster, patronize, promote
antonyms:
stunt
similar words:
advance, advocate, further, grow, help, nourish, pursue, sponsor, support
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