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cul·ti·vate  audio  (klt-vt) KEY 

TRANSITIVE VERB:
cul·ti·vat·ed, cul·ti·vat·ing, cul·ti·vates
    1. To improve and prepare (land), as by plowing or fertilizing, for raising crops; till.
    2. To loosen or dig soil around (growing plants).
  1. To grow or tend (a plant or crop).
  2. To promote the growth of (a biological culture).
  3. To nurture; foster. See Synonyms at nurture.
  4. To form and refine, as by education.
  5. To seek the acquaintance or goodwill of; make friends with.

ETYMOLOGY:
Medieval Latin cultvre, cultvt-, from cultvus, tilled, from Latin cultus, past participle of colere, to till; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
culti·vata·ble(Adjective)


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