[ ploo r-uh-lahyz ]
/ ˈplʊər əˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), plu·ral·ized, plu·ral·iz·ing.

to express in the plural form; make plural: to pluralize a noun.

verb (used without object), plu·ral·ized, plu·ral·iz·ing.

to receive or take a plural form.
Also especially British, plu·ral·ise.

Origin of pluralize

First recorded in 1795–1805; plural + -ize

Related forms

plu·ral·iz·a·ble, adjectiveplu·ral·i·za·tion, nounplu·ral·iz·er, nounun·plu·ral·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pluralization

  • Another difference in usage is revealed in the spelling and pluralization of foreign words.

    The American Language|Henry L. Mencken

British Dictionary definitions for pluralization



/ (ˈplʊərəˌlaɪz) /


(intr) to hold more than one ecclesiastical benefice or office at the same time
to make or become plural

Derived Forms

pluralization or pluralisation, nounpluralizer or pluraliser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012