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"cultivate" in British English

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cultivateverb [T]

uk   /ˈkʌl.tɪ.veɪt/ us   /ˈkʌl.tə.veɪt/
  • cultivate verb [T] (DEVELOP)

C2 to try to develop and improve something: She has cultivated an image as a tough negotiator.
If you cultivate a relationship, you make a special effort to establish and develop it, because you think it might be useful to you: The new prime minister is cultivating relationships with East Asian countries.
cultivation
noun [U] uk   /ˌkʌl.tɪˈveɪ.ʃən/ us   /ˌkʌl.təˈveɪ.ʃən/
(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 prepare land and grow crops on it, or to grow a particular crop: He cultivated soybeans on most of the land.
  • cultivate verb [T] (DEVELOP)

to create a new condition by directed effort: We’re trying to help these kids cultivate an interest in science.
To cultivate is also to try to become friendly 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 reduce methane emissions.
(Definition of cultivate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"cultivate" in Business English

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cultivateverb [T]

uk   /ˈkʌltɪveɪt/ us  
PRODUCTION to prepare land and grow crops 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 shrewd investor.
if you cultivate a relationship, you make a special effort to develop it, because you think it might be useful to you: He cultivated business contacts in ten major cities.
cultivation
noun [U]
the cultivation of crops/the land This course will help with the cultivation of key marketing skills. If you wish to retain customers, you must work at the cultivation of the customer relationship.
(Definition of cultivate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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