cul·​ti·​va·​tor | \ ˈkəl-tə-ˌvā-tər \

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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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 And advances in hydroponics, or growing marijuana in nutrient-rich solutions, has also allowed cultivators to speed up growth rates as well as total yields. Randy Tucker,, "When will medical weed be available in Ohio?," 25 June 2018 The 12 small-scale cultivators, who will not be affected by the case, cannot produce enough to meet state estimates of patient demand. Andrew J. Tobias,, "Mike DeWine raised $1 million in 72 hours following his GOP primary win, his campaign says," 14 May 2018 FN Group Holdings, which was one 25 cultivators to receive provisional licenses to grow medical marijuana in Ohio, was awarded the certificate of operation Friday after having its facility inspected on Tuesday. Randy Tucker,, "First medical marijuana grower gets green light to start planting in Ohio," 29 June 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 \

Kids Definition of cultivator

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

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to gather or build up little by little

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