- to render (the female gamete) capable of development by uniting it with the male gamete.
- to fecundate or impregnate (an animal or plant).
- to make fertile; enrich: to fertilize farmland.
- to make productive.
Also especially British, fer·ti·lise.
Origin of fertilize
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Examples from the Web for fertilise
It seems evident that their sole function is to fertilise the female.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
But dawn has power to fertilise the most matter-of-fact vision, and he was stirred.The Forsyte Saga, Complete
The seed, taken in any quantity from it, does not fertilise a new cultivation.Louis Pasteur
There should be no fresh stanza and no stop after 'fertilise.'The Life of Francis Thompson</p>
The ashes of this conflagration may fertilise anew the whole earth.The Soul of Susan Yellam</p>
Horace Annesley Vachell
- to provide (an animal, plant, or egg cell) with sperm or pollen to bring about fertilization
- to supply (soil or water) with mineral and organic nutrients to aid the growth of plants
- to make fertile or productive
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Word Origin and History for fertilise
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