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cultivate
used in Do You Speak American?

7 uses
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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
  • Dapper, cultivated, and acerbic, a leather briefcase tucked under his arm, he is a familiar figure on Broadway as the theater critic for New York magazine.
    one — The Language Wars (8% in)
  • In America's less hierarchical society, there has never been an official or socially imposed standard as there is in Britain, where the public schools (actually private, fee-paying schools) were set up in the nineteenth century to teach the sons of prosperous tradesmen to speak with a cultivated accent, like the sons of the aristocracy, who went to Eton.
    three — Toward a Standard: Putting the "R" in "American" (25% in)
  • They grew commerical crops such as rice, indigo, tobacco, and later cotton, most of which required a lot of water for cultivation and transportation.
    four — This Ain't Your Mama's South Anymore (23% in)
  • To reach it, we drove by miles of cotton and rice fields, some flooded between rice seasons to cultivate freshwater crayfish, then made a turn by a tall water tower labeled "Mamou."
    four — This Ain't Your Mama's South Anymore (56% in)
  • They also cultivate and pick the fruit and vegetables that fill our supermarkets.
    five — Hispanic Immigration: Reconquest or Assimilation? (74% in)
  • Cultivation spread west into Mississippi and Texas and led to a dramatic increase in the importation of slaves.
    six — Bad-mouthing Black English (15% in)
  • Oakland schools have put the Ebonics fiasco behind them as the city tries to rebuild itself culturally and physically from the disastrous earthquake of 1989, and tries to cultivate a sense of pride among African Americans there.
    six — Bad-mouthing Black English (62% in)

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