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We encourage our representatives to cultivate a close relationship with their clients.
  enhance growth or development — such as:
  • to grow crops or prepare land for them
  • enhance a relationship — especially for a purpose
  • develop discernment (better recognition of differences) in taste or judgment
  • to grow a culture in a petri dish
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  • We encourage our representatives to cultivate a close relationship with their clients.
  • Creativity can be cultivated.
  • I want to cultivate a greater sense of gratitude in myself.
  • They plan to cultivate the land.

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  • A great writer works at cultivating her craft.
  • I just moved to the city, but I’m spending the time needed to cultivate some good friendships.
  • I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty... But I am too busy thinking about myself.
    Edith Sitwell
  • They will be governed by mutual interest, and will cultivate a spirit of mutual amity and concord.
    Hamilton, Alexander  --  Federalist Papers Authored by Alexander Hamilton
  • And so she cultivated a pious interest in heathens.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • the land was cultivated.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath

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  • A mind must be cultivated.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • He would go down the hillside into the cultivated lands by night, and look very curiously at the villagers in their huts,
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • The black man cultivated this land from ocean to ocean with his back.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • Marek was strong, and Ambrosch worked him hard; but he could never teach him to cultivate corn, I remember.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • It was the only open and cultivated field for a great distance on either side of the road,
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Restricted, as a child, to this cocoon of her family’s spinning, she cultivated quiet and private pleasures.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • From his example in this respect I learned the lesson that great men cultivate love, and that only little men cherish a spirit of hatred.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • And that cultivates deceit, for I don’t tell them I’m awake—O no!
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • he’ll begin to cultivate his patch of land, and then your cherry orchard will be happy, rich, splendid.
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • That independence won Walter some measure of respect and admiration, but it also cultivated contempt and suspicion, especially outside of Monroeville’s black community.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Doesn’t take to cultivation.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • It is the case that I have not been a man who has cultivated the relations that would make such a homecoming full and sanguine and joyous, and if anything occurs to me it is deep-felt gratitude to Liv Crawford and to Renny Banerjee as well, not only for the work and the ride home and the help with my things, but for the simple fact that they are present, walking the floors, pulling knobs, speaking and moving and filling the house with the most pleasing, ordinary reports.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I wondered if it was something she’d actually cultivated deliberately.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • As a poet, I did not cultivate directness.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • "The mushrooms are elf-cultivated," Father said.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • I went through a period of obsessively cultivating rare corpse flowers.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • Working in the yard is Ralph’s favorite activity; he likes to weed, to plant, to cultivate.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • He had the shaggy appearance of a hippie, a look he cultivated after serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • What marvels does science cultivate here now?
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Tim was a master of style and I was glad the kids could see him in his own domain, against the dark woodwork and faint whiff of southern decadence he loved to cultivate and discuss.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • His voice reminded me a little of Willem’s, deep, cultivated, the German with only a trace of Dutch accent.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • My father tried to cultivate Malinowski, but Malinowski detested my father.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It describes the fine, irreverent carelessness I myself would like to cultivate, in these and other matters.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The titles were near as long as books themselves: Treatise on the Propagation of Sheep, the Manufacture of Wool, and the Cultivation and Manufacture of Flax, by John Wily, or Cato Major, Or His Discourse of Old-Age: With Explanatory Notes, by M. T. Cicero, or Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, by Phillis Wheatley, and countless tracts containing sermons and advice.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Due to the preponderance of such agricultural methods in the cultivation of illegal substances, we order you to cease and desist immediately….
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Among the Hidden
  • His only weapons against her were silence, truculence; he cultivated an occasional brooding intensity.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Again he laughed —a big man’s laugh, rich and rough and at odds with his carefully cultivated voice.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • We cultivated it with our children.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • He makes up for it by cultivating a tougher image.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • The fields are cultivated with horse-ploughs while books are written by machinery.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He planted them day and night, and cultivated them.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Shriveled and fragile, but holding on to that unnatural perfection cultivated in Snow’s greenhouse.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Now that they had left the cultivated fields behind them, it was almost impossible to find food.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • He can rassel grain bags, drive a cultivator.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • Painfully, I made the two hundred yards to a flat field which had been cultivated and recently harvested.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Finally, through intense indoctrination, beatings, and desensitization, its army cultivated and celebrated extreme brutality in its soldiers.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Every day I reclaimed from the rocky soil of the hill a few more feet of earth to cultivate.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • Luma encouraged—or perhaps demanded—that her younger sister, Inam, cultivate self-sufficiency, often against Inam’s own instincts or wishes.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Through the weeks he had cultivated an expression of polite and detached interest, which he would present to her in answer to her most blood-curdling inventions.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • It is very natural; this island is a mass of rocks, and does not contain an acre of land capable of cultivation.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
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