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"cultivate" in British English

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cultivateverb [T]

uk   /ˈkʌl.tɪ.veɪt/  us   /-t̬ə-/

cultivate verb [T] (USE LAND)

C1 to ​prepareland and ​growcrops on it, or to ​grow a ​particularcrop: Most of the ​land there is too ​poor to cultivate. The ​villagers cultivate ​mostlymaize and ​beans.

cultivate verb [T] (DEVELOP)

C2 to ​try to ​develop and ​improve something: She has cultivated an ​image as a ​toughnegotiator. If you cultivate a ​relationship, you make a ​specialeffort to ​establish and ​develop it, because you ​think it might be ​useful to you: The new ​primeminister is cultivating ​relationships with ​EastAsiancountries.
cultivation
noun [U] uk   /ˌkʌl.tɪˈveɪ.ʃən/  us   /-t̬ə-/
(Definition of cultivate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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cultivateverb [T]

 us   /ˈkʌl·təˌveɪt/

cultivate verb [T] (GROW)

to ​prepareland and ​growcrops on it, or to ​grow a ​particularcrop: He cultivated ​soybeans on most of the ​land.

cultivate verb [T] (DEVELOP)

to ​create a new ​condition by ​directedeffort: We’re ​trying to ​help these ​kids cultivate an ​interest in ​science. To cultivate is also to ​try to ​becomefriendly with someone because that ​person may be ​able to ​help you: to cultivate ​friendships
cultivation
noun [U]  us   /ˌkʌl·təˈveɪ·ʃən/
Simple ​changes in ​rice cultivation can ​reducemethane emissions.
(Definition of cultivate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"cultivate" in Business English

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cultivateverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈkʌltɪveɪt/
PRODUCTION to prepare ​land and ​growcrops on it, or to ​grow a particular ​crop: Corn, or maize, is ​indigenous to Mexico and has been cultivated there for some 6,000 ​years.
to ​try to ​develop and ​improve something: She has cultivated an ​image as a ​shrewdinvestor.
if you cultivate a ​relationship, you make a ​specialeffort to ​develop it, because you ​think it might be useful to you: He cultivated ​businesscontacts in ten ​major cities.
cultivation
noun [U]
the cultivation of ​crops/the ​land This ​course will ​help with the cultivation of ​keymarketingskills. If you wish to ​retaincustomers, you must ​work at the cultivation of the ​customerrelationship.
(Definition of cultivate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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