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).
Origin of fertilize
Related Words for fertilizeimpregnate, enrich, mulch, compost, propagate, inseminate, germinate, pollinate, feed, manure, fructify, fecundate, beget, breed, cover, procreate, treat, dress, generate, lime
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Contemporary Examples of fertilize
The animals proved to be a great attraction as well as a handy way to fertilize the grass and keep it short.Central Park’s Carriages Saved This Horse
April 24, 2014
Some is sold as a liming agent, and some is disposed of in landfills (though it used to be sent to Colorado to fertilize crops).Toilet Made for Densely Populated Settlements Turns Waste Into Dollars
April 5, 2014
Historical Examples of fertilize
I might fertilize him, I might prune him, and I might use insecticide on him.Her Father's Daughter
I'll fertilize their damned Earth with their own black blood.Slaves of Mercury
All that ash will fertilize the ground, and it will all be green.A Campfire Girl's Test of Friendship
Jane L. Stewart
If enthusiasm were suffered to penetrate and fertilize her soul!The Patrician
It was easier to break new land than to fertilize that long in use.Washington and his Comrades in Arms