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1‘the peasants who cultivated the land became its owners’
till, plough, dig, turn, hoe
farm, work, prepare
2‘they were encouraged to cultivate basic food crops’
grow, raise, rear, bring on, tend
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
associate with, mix with, keep company with
informal get in someone's good books, butter up, suck up to
North American informal shine up to
vulgar slang brown-nose
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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