Synonyms of 'cultivate'
to grow (plants)She cultivated a small garden of her own.
to develop or improve (something) by giving special attention to itTry to cultivate a positive mental attitude.
to try to develop a friendship with (a person)He only cultivates people who may be of use to him.
The pledge to protect pensions was designed to court elderly voters.
associate with, , ,
consort with, ,
dance attendance upon,
seek someone's company or friendship,
take trouble or pains with
to develop or improve (something) by giving special attention to itShe went out of her way to cultivate his friendship.
My father encouraged me to cultivate my mind.
He said he wanted to improve his football.
Our parents came here with the hope of bettering themselves.
We train them in bricklaying and other building techniques.
I'm very good at disciplining myself.
Polish up your writing skills on a one-week course.
Surgical techniques are constantly being refined.
A good book can enrich someone's life for ever.
The Teutonic Knights were invited to Prussia to civilize its lands.
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in the sense of better
to improve uponOur parents came here with the hope of bettering themselves.
in the sense of civilize
to refine, educate, or enlightenThe Teutonic Knights were invited to Prussia to civilize its lands.
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