a. The act of cultivating.
b. The state of being cultivated.
2. Refinement; culture.
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1. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Agriculture) Agriculture
a. the planting, tending, improving, or harvesting of crops or plants
b. the preparation of ground to promote their growth
2. development, esp through education, training, etc.
3. culture or sophistication, esp social refinement
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