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cultivate
used in The Grapes of Wrath

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exact meaning not specified
Definition
enhance growth or development
in various senses, including:
  • 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
  • the land was cultivated.
    Chapter 6 (4% in)
cultivated = ready for growing crops
  • Where the dooryard had been pounded hard by the bare feet of children and by stamping horses' hooves and by the broad wagon wheels, it was cultivated now, and the dark green, dusty cotton grew.
    Chapter 6 (1% in)
  • Five dollars for forty fifty-pound boxes; trees pruned and sprayed, orchards cultivated—pick the fruit, put it in boxes, load the trucks, deliver the fruit to the cannery—forty boxes for five dollars.
    Chapter 25 (53% in)
  • He bent low and ran over the cultivated earth; the clods slipped and rolled under his feet.
    Chapter 26 (67% in)
  • They trip over their feet in the cultivated earth.
    Chapter 27 (75% in)
  • Fella had a team of horses, had to use 'cause to plow an' cultivate an' mow, wouldn' think a turnin' 'cause out to starve when they wasn't workin'.
    Chapter 29 (91% in)

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  • A few rusty farm tools lay about, a disk plow and a broken cultivator, an iron wheel.
    Chapter 30 (90% in)
  • Along the rows, the cultivators move, tearing the spring grass and turning it under to make a fertile earth, breaking the ground to hold the water up near the surface, ridging the ground in little pools for the irrigation, destroying the weed roots that may drink the water away from the trees.
    Chapter 25 (24% in)

There are no more uses of "cultivate" in The Grapes of Wrath.

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