EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object), fer·ti·lized, fer·ti·liz·ing. . Biology 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.
, especially British fer·ti·lise. Origin of fertilize
First recorded in
-ize Related forms fer·ti·liz·a·ble, adjective fer·ti·liz·a·bil·i·ty, noun o·ver·fer·ti·lize, verb (used with object), o·ver·fer·ti·lized, o·ver·fer·ti·liz·ing. pre·fer·ti·lize, verb (used with object), pre·fer·ti·lized, pre·fer·ti·liz·ing. re·fer·ti·liz·a·ble, adjective re·fer·ti·lize, verb (used with object), re·fer·ti·lized, re·fer·ti·liz·ing. un·fer·ti·liz·a·ble, adjective un·fer·ti·lized, adjective un·fer·ti·liz·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for fertilise Historical Examples of fertilise
It seems evident that their sole function is to
fertilise the female.
But dawn has power to
fertilise the most matter-of-fact vision, and he was stirred.
The seed, taken in any quantity from it, does not
fertilise a new cultivation.
There should be no fresh stanza and no stop after '
The ashes of this conflagration may
fertilise anew the whole earth. British Dictionary definitions for fertilise verb (tr) 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 Derived Forms fertilizable or fertilisable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for fertilise v.
1640s, "make fertile;" see
fertile + -ize. Its biological sense of "unite with an egg cell" is first recorded 1859. Related: Fertilized; fertilizing.
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