mineralize

[min-er-uh-lahyz, min-ruh-]
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verb (used with object), min·er·al·ized, min·er·al·iz·ing.
  1. to convert into a mineral substance.
  2. to transform (a metal) into an ore.
  3. to impregnate or supply with mineral substances.
verb (used without object), min·er·al·ized, min·er·al·iz·ing.
  1. to study or collect the minerals of a region.
Also especially British, min·er·al·ise.

Origin of mineralize

First recorded in 1645–55; mineral + -ize
Related formsmin·er·al·i·za·tion, nounmin·er·al·iz·er, nounre·min·er·al·i·za·tion, nounre·min·er·al·ize, verb, re·min·er·al·ized, re·min·er·al·iz·ing.re·min·er·al·iz·er, nounsem·i·min·er·al·ized, adjectiveun·der·min·er·al·i·za·tion, nounun·min·er·al·ized, adjective
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Related Words for mineralize

set, harden, clarify, solidify, calcify, mineralize, lapidify, fossilize

British Dictionary definitions for mineralize

mineralize

mineralise

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