- Chiefly British. variant of -ize: organise.
- a noun suffix, occurring in loanwords from French, indicating quality, condition, or function: franchise; merchandise.
Origin of -ise2
Middle English < Old French -ise, variant of -ice
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- a variant of -ize
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Word Origin and History for -ise
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