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cultivated; cultivating

transitive verb

1 :  to prepare or prepare and use for the raising of crops <Some fields are cultivated while others lie fallow.>; also :  to loosen or break up the soil about (growing plants)

2a :  to foster the growth of <cultivate vegetables> <cultivate coffee>b :  culture 2a <cultivate oysters for pearls>c :  to improve by labor, care, or study :  refine <cultivate the mind> < … cultivated a reputation as a hard-core wheeler-dealer … — Kit Boss>

3 :  further, encourage <cultivate the arts>

4 :  to seek the society of :  make friends with <looking for influential people to cultivate as friends>

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