[ bot-n-ahyz ]
/ ˈbɒt nˌaɪz /

verb (used without object), bot·a·nized, bot·a·niz·ing.

to study plants or plant life.
to collect plants for scientific study.

verb (used with object), bot·a·nized, bot·a·niz·ing.

to explore botanically; study the plant life of.
Also especially British, bot·a·nise.

Origin of botanize

1760–70; < New Latin botanizāre < Greek botanízein to gather plants. See botanist, -ize

Related forms

bot·a·niz·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for botanize



/ (ˈbɒtəˌnaɪz) /


(intr) to collect or study plants
(tr) to explore and study the plants in (an area or region)
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