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  1. Chiefly British. variant of -ize: organise.
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Usage note

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  1. a noun suffix, occurring in loanwords from French, indicating quality, condition, or function: franchise; merchandise.
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Compare -ice.

Origin of -ise2

Middle English < Old French -ise, variant of -ice
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British Dictionary definitions for -ise


suffix forming verbs
  1. a variant of -ize
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Word Origin and History for -ise

see -ize.

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