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    Quang Hai is offline Junior Member
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    cultivated

    I am reading a short story:

    "When he smiled, a dimple appeared in his left cheek, a characteristic he cultivated".
    What is the underlined word meaning? Thanks for your help.

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    Re: cultivated

    Here is a standard definition of dimple: a small depression in the flesh, either one that exists permanently or one that forms in the cheeks when one smiles. That definition is not exactly correct. It is also possible to have a dimple in one's chin.

    The author who says that the character cultivated his dimple means that the character understood the dimple was attractive and encouraged it to form. To be realistic and practical, however, the only way the character could have cultivated his dimple would have been to smile a lot. There simply isn't any other way to cultivate a dimple. Dimples are like hair. Either you have them or you don't and there's really nothing you can do about it.

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    Re: cultivated



    I think we have two different types of dimples.
    The above one that you have talked about and another big one that comes with advance age and it seems as if cheeks go inside, of course, those who are slim experience that. Will you, probus, find me the common term for the latter one, please?

    Last edited by Odessa Dawn; 09-Mar-2013 at 06:44. Reason: Changing propus to probus, and apologize.

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    Re: cultivated

    Hello OD:

    Do you mean something like this guy's cheeks? Admittedly he is an extreme case. But if this is what you mean, we don't call them dimples. We call them sunken cheeks.
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    Re: cultivated

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Do you mean something like this guy's cheeks?
    Yes, I do. Thank you for your satisfactory answer, and bless you dear, probus.



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