English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'cultivate'

(verb) 
Definition
to grow (plants)
She cultivated a small garden of her own.
Synonyms
farm
They had farmed the same land for generations.
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work
Farmers worked the fertile valleys.
, ,
tend
The woman dug and tended her garden.
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till
freshly tilled fields
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plough
They ploughed 100,000 acres of virgin moorland.
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bring under cultivation
(verb) 
Definition
to develop or improve (something) by giving special attention to it
Try to cultivate a positive mental attitude.
Synonyms
develop
her dreams of developing her own business
, , , ,
devote yourself to
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pursue
overseas graduates intending to pursue full-time research
(verb) 
Definition
to try to develop a friendship with (a person)
He only cultivates people who may be of use to him.
Synonyms
court
The pledge to protect pensions was designed to court elderly voters.
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associate with
,
seek out
,
run after
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consort with
,
butter up
,
dance attendance upon
,
seek someone's company or friendship
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take trouble or pains with
(verb) 
Definition
to develop or improve (something) by giving special attention to it
She went out of her way to cultivate his friendship.
Synonyms
foster
They are keen to foster trading links with the West.
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further
Education needn't only be about furthering your career.
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forward
He forwarded their cause with courage, skill and humour.
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encourage
Their task is to encourage private investment in Russia.
(verb) 
My father encouraged me to cultivate my mind.
Synonyms
improve
He said he wanted to improve his football.
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better
Our parents came here with the hope of bettering themselves.
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train
We train them in bricklaying and other building techniques.
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discipline
I'm very good at disciplining myself.
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polish
Polish up your writing skills on a one-week course.
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refine
Surgical techniques are constantly being refined.
, ,
enrich
A good book can enrich someone's life for ever.
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civilize
The Teutonic Knights were invited to Prussia to civilize its lands.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of better
Definition
to improve upon
Our parents came here with the hope of bettering themselves.
in the sense of civilize
Definition
to refine, educate, or enlighten
The Teutonic Knights were invited to Prussia to civilize its lands.
in the sense of discipline
Definition
to improve or attempt to improve the behaviour of (oneself or someone else) by training or rules
I'm very good at disciplining myself.

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