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I would like to ask whether it is possible to use the verb TO CULTIVATE in connection with people.
I have consultated the Cambridge dictionary and found explanations as follows:
1 to prepare land and grow crops on it, or to grow a particular crop
2 to try to develop and improve something (NOT SOMEONE)
3 If you cultivate a relationship, you make a special effort to establish and develop it, because you think it might be useful to you
However, can you say that e.g. missionaries came to Africa to CULTIVATE native inhabitants (meaning to make them more cultural)? If not, which verb should be used instead?
Thank you very much!
thanks for the prompt reply. So cultivate is not the correct verb. However, I am not sure about TO EDUCATE. Does it really comprise everything connected with making someone more cultural? I feel that TO EDUCATE is closely related to teaching, studies etc. Or am I wrong?
Last edited by banderas; 19-May-2008 at 10:23. Reason: afterthought
Great! Thank you so much! It is quite clear to me now