cul·​ti·​va·​tor | \ ˈkəl-tə-ˌvā-tər How to pronounce cultivator (audio) \

Definition of cultivator

: one that cultivates especially : an implement for loosening the soil while crops are growing

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Synonyms & Antonyms for cultivator


agriculturist (or agriculturalist), agronomist, farmer, grower, planter, tiller



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Examples of cultivator in a Sentence

encountered an indigenous people who were experienced cultivators of the soil as well as highly skilled craftsmen

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Tilt Holdings of Canada in January finalized the acquisition of Standard Farms, a cultivator based in Luzerne County, in a $40 million stock and cash deal. Sam Wood,, "Big marijuana firms are ‘rolling up’ local dispensaries and growers, skirting Pennsylvania’s laws," 4 June 2019 The Department of Commerce, which oversees marijuana cultivators, processors and testing labs, acknowledged the discrepancy Monday but insisted the final scores awarded were accurate. Jackie Borchardt,, "Another error found in Ohio's medical marijuana cultivator scoring process," 30 Apr. 2018 Marijuana cultivator, processor and dispensary owners cannot be involved in a testing lab operation. Randy Tucker,, "Ohio's medical weed program: Questions and answers," 7 Feb. 2018 Provisional licenses for 24 medical marijuana cultivators were awarded in November, but none have yet begun growing any plants. Jackie Borchardt,, "Not all Ohio medical marijuana growers, dispensaries will open by September deadline to be 'fully operational,' state says," 5 Apr. 2018 But small-scale cultivators will be producing marijuana for patients, Lipps said. Staff,, "Comment here on court and crime stories for Saturday, May 12, 2018," 12 May 2018 Meanwhile, the department could not award final certificates of operation to medical marijuana cultivators, testing labs and processors that make marijuana products. Jackie Borchardt,, "Bill would bar Ohio medical marijuana grows during audit of state scoring process," 22 Feb. 2018 The state of Ohio has issued its first certificate of operation to a medical marijuana cultivator in Ravenna in Portage County, according to a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Commerce. Randy Tucker,, "First medical marijuana grower gets green light to start planting in Ohio," 29 June 2018 Capturing dedicated consumers and preparing for a potential price crash make efficiency a top concern for any cultivator. Dan Adams,, "The hidden, high-tech world of communications at Fenway Park," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of cultivator

1661, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cultivator

: a person who prepares land for planting
: a tool or machine that is used to prepare the soil and kill weeds around growing plants


cul·​ti·​va·​tor | \ ˈkəl-tə-ˌvā-tər How to pronounce cultivator (audio) \

Kids Definition of cultivator

: a tool or machine for loosening the soil between rows of a crop

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