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cultivate

Synonyms of cultivate in English:

verb

  • 1 the peasants who cultivated the land became its owners
    till, plough, dig, turn, hoe;
    farm, work, prepare;
    fertilize, mulch
  • 2 they were encouraged to cultivate basic food crops
    grow, raise, rear, bring on, tend;
    plant, sow
  • 3 her father had cultivated Maud's friendship
    try to acquire, pursue, court;
    try to develop, work hard at, foster, nurture, encourage
  • 4 it helps if you go out of your way to cultivate the local people
    seek the friendship of, seek the favour of, try to win over, try to get someone on one's side, try to get on someone's good side, woo, court, pay court to, rub up the right way, run after, make advances to, make up to, keep sweet, ingratiate oneself with, curry favour with;
    informal get in someone's good books, butter up, suck up to
    North American informal shine up to
    vulgar slang brown-nose
    [Antonyms] ignore
  • 5 he wants to cultivate his mind—to understand art and literature
    improve, better, refine, elevate, polish;
    educate, train, develop, enlighten, enrich, civilize, culture
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