verb (used with object), fer·ti·lized, fer·ti·liz·ing.
- to render (the female gamete) capable of development by uniting it with the male gamete.
- to fecundate or impregnate (an animal or plant).
- fertility cult,
- fertility drug,
- fertility factor,
- fertility symbol,
- ferulic acid
Origin of fertilize
Examples from the Web for fertilise
How could the wind, which is the agent of fertilisation, with Plantago, fertilise "reciprocally dimorphic" flowers like Primula?The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume II (of II)|Charles Darwin
As both male and female elements are usually in one flower, it may fertilise itself, the pollen falling directly on the pistil.The Story of Evolution|Joseph McCabe
As yet I have not found a single terrestrial animal which can fertilise itself.On the Origin of Species|Charles Darwin
There should be no fresh stanza and no stop after 'fertilise.'The Life of Francis Thompson|Everard Meynell
The ashes of this conflagration may fertilise anew the whole earth.The Soul of Susan Yellam|Horace Annesley Vachell