[ trop-i-kuh-lahyz ]
/ ˈtrɒp ɪ kəˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), trop·i·cal·ized, trop·i·cal·iz·ing.

to make tropical, as in character or appearance.
to adapt or make suitable for use in tropical regions, especially in regard to protection against the destructive effects of moisture and fungi.
Also especially British, trop·i·cal·ise.

Origin of tropicalize

First recorded in 1880–85; tropical + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM tropicalize

trop·i·cal·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for tropicalization



/ (ˈtrɒpɪkəˌlaɪz) /


(tr) to adapt to tropical use, temperatures, etc

Derived forms of tropicalize

tropicalization or tropicalisation, noun
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