mineralize

[ min-er-uh-lahyz, min-ruh- ]
/ ˈmɪn ər əˌlaɪz, ˈmɪn rə- /

verb (used with object), min·er·al·ized, min·er·al·iz·ing.

to convert into a mineral substance.
to transform (a metal) into an ore.
to impregnate or supply with mineral substances.

verb (used without object), min·er·al·ized, min·er·al·iz·ing.

to study or collect the minerals of a region.

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Also especially British, min·er·al·ise.

Origin of mineralize

First recorded in 1645–55; mineral + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM mineralize

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British Dictionary definitions for mineralize

mineralize

mineralise

/ (ˈmɪnərəˌlaɪz, ˈmɪnrə-) /

verb (tr)

  1. to impregnate (organic matter, water, etc) with a mineral substance
  2. to convert (such matter) into a mineral; petrify
(of gases, vapours, etc, in magma) to transform (a metal) into an ore

Derived forms of mineralize

mineralization or mineralisation, noun
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