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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The city has agreed to allow three dozen local businesses already allowed to engage in cultivation and manufacturing without formal city approval to continue operating through November 2019 before shutting down. David Garrick,, "San Diego's climate action plan puts hitch in marijuana supply chain," 7 Apr. 2018 As a feminist, there’s a part of me who wishes to keep this beauty in the ground, to not invest our family’s labors and daughter’s attentions in the cultivation of this natural resource. Harper's BAZAAR, "The Dangers of Parenting a Beautiful Daughter," 6 June 2017 The bill reauthorizes agriculture and conservation programs, funds trade programs, expands support for struggling dairy farmers and legalizes the cultivation of industrial hemp. Juliet Linderman, The Seattle Times, "House passes farm bill, sending it to Trump’s desk," 12 Dec. 2018 What protections are there against the clear bias that permeated law enforcement’s upper ranks (Peter Strzok), or insubordination (Jim Comey) or obsessive media cultivation (Mr. McCabe)? Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Bill Barr’s Hot Mess," 14 Feb. 2019 In Nevada, the report said marijuana cultivation and production is centered in and around Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Pahrump. Ken Ritter, The Seattle Times, "Pot group predicts $1B in Nevada tax revenue over 7 years," 26 Oct. 2018 At age 6, Adul had already escaped a territory in Myanmar known for guerrilla warfare, opium cultivation and methamphetamine trafficking. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Stateless and Poor, Some Boys in Thai Cave Had Already Beaten Long Odds," 10 July 2018 However, during the first quarter, the state reported only $34 million from cultivation and excise taxes, putting it on pace to fall well below the $175 million forecast for the first six months. Michael Balsamo, Anchorage Daily News, "Illegal pot shops disrupt California's budding legal market," 6 July 2018 Along with effective funding cultivation and stewardship, grant-writing is one of the most critical skills that anyone who is serious about fundraising should possess. Cindy Kent,, "The Planner: Seminars, networking and workshops for you, your career and your business," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of cultivation

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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


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

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