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tr.v. cul·ti·vat·ed, cul·ti·vat·ing, cul·ti·vates
a. To improve and prepare (land), as by plowing or fertilizing, for raising crops; till.
b. To loosen or dig soil around (growing plants).
2. To grow or tend (a plant or crop).
3. To promote the growth of (a biological culture).
4. To encourage or foster: cultivate a respect for the law. See Synonyms at nurture.
5. To acquire, develop, or refine, as by education: cultivating a posh accent.
6. To seek the acquaintance or goodwill of; make friends with: cultivated the club's new members.

[Medieval Latin cultīvāre, cultīvāt-, from cultīvus, tilled, from Latin cultus, past participle of colere, to till; see kwel- in Indo-European roots.]

cul′ti·vat′a·ble adj.
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Adj.1.cultivatable - (of farmland) capable of being farmed productivelycultivatable - (of farmland) capable of being farmed productively
productive - producing or capable of producing (especially abundantly); "productive farmland"; "his productive years"; "a productive collaboration"
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'The gurdwara area has increased from three acre to 42 acre and cultivatable land from 26 acre to 62 acre,' he said.
Within a year the cultivatable area jumped twenty fold to 100,000 acres.
As a result, he started to expand the cultivatable land.
In all, rampant mining resulted in large-scale deforestation, scarcity of water, air, water and soil pollution together with degradation of cultivatable land.
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Speaking at a news conference, here on Thursday, Nadir Ali Khan Advocate, a farmer and owner of the land, said that the government has planed the establishment of university campus on their cultivatable farms at Najeebabad and Zarainabad, in district Charsadda.We are not against the establishing university, but instead of agricultural land and barren land should be selected for it.
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We tested human recombinant interferon alpha-2b and ribavirin for activity against WNV in a primate cell system similar to that used to measure the effect of these agents on Bovine viral diarrhea virus, a cultivatable, closely related surrogate for Hepatitis C virus.
Humayun Akhtar said that a peaceful solution to the issue of Kashmir, non-interference in Pakistan Nuclear Programme, no compromise on Pakistans defence, provincial autonomy on natural resources and job quota, formation of new provinces through Constitutional Amendment, resuming of local government system, distribution of non cultivatable government land among the poor farmers, rescheduling or writing off foreign loans and attracting foreign investment in the country were the target of the PML.
TANK, October 15, 2010 (Balochistan Times): The official survey of agriculture department has concluded that 19,450 acres of cultivatable land has been eroded due to recent flash floods.
Report further highlights that due to floods 2.4 million hector cultivatable land damaged, 0.5-0.6 million MT household wheat stock lost, 19,434 agriculture cluster irrigation systems damaged, 1.2 million livestock (small/large) deaths and 6 million poultry deaths.