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cultivate

verb [T] uk   /ˈkʌl.tɪ.veɪt/ us    /-t̬ə-/

cultivate verb [T] (USE LAND)

C1 to prepare land and grow crops on it, or to grow a particular crop: Most of the land there is too poor to cultivate. The villagers cultivate mostly maize and beans.

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    /-t̬ə-/
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