cul·​ti·​va·​tion | \ˌkəl-tə-ˈvā-shən \

Definition of cultivation 

2 : the act or art of cultivating or tilling

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Growers will also continue to face environmental issues such as water use and energy consumption as hemp cultivation expands from smaller pilot projects to larger-scale agricultural enterprises. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Growing hemp is about to be legal for the first time in nearly a century," 30 Nov. 2018 Seventy-one years later one can reasonably ask: Has any other couture house traveled the primrose path of fashion with such enduring cultivation, refinement and romance? WSJ, "‘Dior: From Paris to the World’ Review: Timelessly Elegant, Yet Avant-Garde," 27 Nov. 2018 Pulaski County Judge Wendell Griffen ruled in March that the state’s process for awarding medical marijuana cultivation licenses was unconstitutional. Washington Post, "Couple to face trial on child abuse charges," 22 June 2018 Blessed with a temperate climate, Bordeaux has been a prime site for grape cultivation for almost 2,000 years, since the conquering Romans planted the first vines on the banks of the Garonne and the Dordogne. Molly Wizenberg, Town & Country, "Vintage Bordeaux," 14 Jan. 2013 The New Bohemian Bedhead Rather than simply rumpled, London’s fresh-off-the-pillowcase lengths featured an extra ounce of cultivation. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "5 Spectacular Beauty Trends That Swept the London Runways This Week," 19 Sep. 2018 Developments like Green Street allow them to get involved in the business of cannabis without the regulatory risks that come with the cultivation and retail sides of the business. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Cannabis, coworking, and the marijuana-industry land rush," 24 July 2018 Vouillamoz says Pinot Noir grapes in Burgundy are already out of the optimal window of cultivation because of increasing heat, yet Romanée-Conti’s legendary owners would turn in their graves if future generations plant some other variety. Kevin Begos, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Grow the First Great American Wine Grape," 6 June 2018 At least two other dispensaries have filed applications to open satellite dispensaries and to expand their cultivation sites, as Curaleaf did soon after Murphy announced the expansion changes. Jan Hefler,, "New Jersey's busiest marijuana dispensary is now the biggest on the East Coast," 24 May 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 \

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 \

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