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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Examples of cultivator in a Sentence

encountered an indigenous people who were experienced cultivators of the soil as well as highly skilled craftsmen
Recent Examples on the Web Even in the community garden, gardening is, like one of Glück’s poems, a private compact between the cultivator and the cultivated. Washington Post, "The symbiotic relationship between poets and the garden," 16 Dec. 2020 The law school at the Catholic institution just outside South Bend, Ind., is well-regarded but doesn’t have the same history as the likes of Harvard or Yale as a cultivator of federal judges. James V. Grimaldi, WSJ, "Amy Coney Barrett’s Intellectual Firepower, Conservative Mentors Propelled Career," 11 Oct. 2020 For instance in March, cannabis company Harvest Health & Recreation (HRVSF)'s $850 million acquisition of Verano, a fellow retailer and cultivator of marijuana, was nixed for those reasons. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "This is now the biggest cannabis company in the world," 31 July 2020 Growers like Jordan represent the bulk of American agriculture (the average stead measures 443 acres), so the practice reaching its potential requires that both midsize outfits and larger-scale cultivators get on board. Brian Barth, Popular Science, "The secret to curbing farm emissions is buried in the Stone Age," 1 Apr. 2020 Between your visits to emergency care for the blisters and the chiropractor for your back, think about these three factors when deciding which power cultivator or tiller will work best for you. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Features to Consider Before Buying a Rototiller for Your Garden," 2 Mar. 2020 This trowel, transplanter, and cultivator are essential to any gardening work. Popular Science, "Gardening tool sets that will help your flowers, herbs, and vegetables thrive," 29 Apr. 2020 First, Harvard is providing quality assurance on the company’s marijuana, which is a huge boon to a fledgling operation with one in-house cultivator. Dan Reilly, Fortune, "Retired NFL players Calvin Johnson and Rob Sims want to treat CTE and pain with marijuana—and help from Harvard," 19 Jan. 2020 On Wednesday, the Department of Justice unveiled a secret 2018 memo that blocked the DEA from approving additional cultivators like Sisley, in the absence of stricter rules. NBC News, "One doctor vs. the DEA: Inside the battle to study marijuana in America," 20 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of cultivator

1661, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cultivator was in 1661

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29 Dec 2020

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“Cultivator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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