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fossilize

[ fos-uh-lahyz ]
/ 藞f蓲s 蓹藢la瑟z /
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verb (used with object), fos路sil路ized, fos路sil路iz路ing.
Geology. to convert into a fossil; replace organic with mineral substances in the remains of an organism.
to change as if into mere lifeless remains or traces of the past.
to make rigidly antiquated: Time has fossilized such methods.
verb (used without object), fos路sil路ized, fos路sil路iz路ing.
to become a fossil or like a fossil: The plant fossilized in comparatively recent geologic time.
Linguistics. (of a linguistic form, feature, rule, etc.) to become permanently established in the interlanguage of a second-language learner in a form that is deviant from the target-language norm and that continues to appear in performance regardless of further exposure to the target language.
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Also especially British, fos路sil路ise .

Origin of fossilize

First recorded in 1785鈥95; fossil + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM fossilize

fos路sil路iz路a路ble, adjectivefos路sil路i路za路tion, nounsem路i路fos路sil路ized, adjectiveun路fos路sil路ized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fossilize

fossilize

fossilise

/ (藞f蓲s瑟藢la瑟z) /

verb
to convert or be converted into a fossil
to become or cause to become antiquated or inflexible

Derived forms of fossilize

fossilizable or fossilisable, adjectivefossilization or fossilisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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