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Can I say to agriculture the land? If not, what would the alternative be?

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1) No. 2) Cultivate. – J.R. Jun 14 '12 at 10:39
You could farm it. – Brian Hooper Jun 14 '12 at 11:50
agriculturate? :) – JeffSahol Jun 14 '12 at 13:10

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It is not. What you do to the land to make it productive is cultivate it.

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Didn't see JR's comment before posting. – Barrie England Jun 14 '12 at 10:40
@Jasper: I was just relieved that my answer agreed with Barrie's! – J.R. Jun 14 '12 at 10:50
How about sow, plant, or till? – Noah Jun 14 '12 at 11:35
@Noah: They are hyponyms of 'cultivate'. – Barrie England Jun 14 '12 at 11:41

You can't agriculture a land.

You could, however, farm / cultivate / improve / nurse / patronize / refine / rear / devote oneself to the land.

I used synonyms... soo...

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Are you sure about patronize, rear, and (to a lesser extent), nurse? (Those may by synonyms with cultivate, but I'm not sure I'd apply those verbs to agricultural land.) It's always good to make sure synonyms are indeed synonyms – in the right sense of the word. – J.R. Jun 14 '12 at 15:59
No, some of those are definitely not appropriate to this sense. -1. – Colin Fine Jun 14 '12 at 16:19

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