cul·​ti·​va·​tion | \ ˌkəl-tə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce cultivation (audio) \

Definition of cultivation

2 : the act or art of cultivating or tilling

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And once legalization kicks in, Trudeau may try to get into the legal cultivation business. Robert Mccoppin,, "Online marijuana reviewers expect rush of newcomers when recreational pot becomes legal in Illinois on Jan. 1," 12 July 2019 Finally, and perhaps most important, this new elevation of identitarianism wreaks havoc on the values necessary to the cultivation of a pluralistic society. Nate Hochman, National Review, "The Limits of Intersectionality," 10 July 2019 Short-term strategies could include using our findings to breed or increase cultivation of crops that are resilient to or even benefit from climate change. Deepak Ray, The Conversation, "Climate change is affecting crop yields and reducing global food supplies," 9 July 2019 But now a historic measure will allow the cultivation of seven new grape varieties, which seem better poised to resist climate change and disease pressure than the existing set, reports Sophie Kevany. Esther Mobley,, "Wine and barbecue, a perfect pairing," 4 July 2019 But on the other side of Denver, legalization has turned another high school student, David Perez, against the warehouselike marijuana cultivations clustered around his neighborhood. Jack Healy,, "Reefer madness or pot paradise? The surprising legacy of the place where legal weed began," 30 June 2019 Boeing's cultivation of Indian companies appeared to pay other dividends. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Boeing increasingly relied on outsourced $9-an-hour engineers to test software," 28 June 2019 Staff has made no such recommendation to ease the ban on marijuana cultivation or manufacturing, though the council could decide to make changes on those topics in the course of reconsidering delivery and testing. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vista council to consider fixing cannabis delivery catch 22," 25 June 2019 Canada’s push to legalize pot is running into more opposition, this time from a realtor group that says home cultivation could cause property damage. Fortune, "Growing Marijuana Plants Can Wreck Your House, Realtors Warn," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of cultivation

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of cultivation was in 1553

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cul·​ti·​va·​tion | \ ˌkəl-tə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce cultivation (audio) \

Kids Definition of cultivation

1 : the act or process of preparing the soil for the raising of crops


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