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cultivate

[′kəl·tə‚vāt]
(agriculture)
To prepare soil for the raising of crops.
References in classic literature ?
But how many writers have noticed those other incomprehensible persons, members of families innocent for generations past of practicing Art or caring for Art, who have notwithstanding displayed from their earliest years the irresistible desire to cultivate poetry, painting, or music; who have surmounted obstacles, and endured disappointments, in the single-hearted resolution to devote their lives to an intellectual pursuit--being absolutely without the capacity which proves the vocation, and justifies the sacrifice.
I hastened to cultivate the weeds which grew among the melon-vines.
It would be if you'd only cultivate it," said Anne cheeringly.
The company itself currently cultivates 30% of its lands itself and leases the remaining 70%.
Whoever cultivates poppy will be dealt with according to the law," Deputy Governor Dr.
Ackerman tells how she cultivates delight in her garden by "smelling a peony's blossoms until the nose quits from the sheer abundance of scent" or watching the squirrels turn her yard into a "snow maze.