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Requires new seed to be cultivated (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

needs

Here is my best explanation:

'requires' is the definition.

('need' can be a synonym of 'require')

'new seed to be cultivated' is the subsidiary indication.

'new' becomes 'n'.

'to be cultivated' indicates anagramming the letters.

'seed' anagrammed gives 'eeds'.

'n'+'eeds'='needs'

(Other definitions for needs that I've seen before include "Essentials", "Necessitates", "'..... must when the devil drives'", "Requirements", "Things that are wanted", "Necessities", "Requires or wants", "Demands", "Is in want of" and "Lacks, requires".)

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