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fertilize

[ fur-tl-ahyz ]
/ 藞f蓽r tl藢a瑟z /
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verb (used with object), fer路ti路lized, fer路ti路liz路ing.
Biology.
  1. to render (the female gamete) capable of development by uniting it with the male gamete.
  2. to fecundate or impregnate (an animal or plant).
to make fertile; enrich: to fertilize farmland.
to make productive.
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Also especially British, fer路ti路lise .

Origin of fertilize

First recorded in 1640鈥50; fertile + -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for fertilize

fertilize

fertilise

/ (藞f蓽藧t瑟藢la瑟z) /

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 of fertilize

fertilizable or fertilisable, adjective
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