fertilize

[ fur-tl-ahyz ]
/ ˈfɜr tlˌaɪz /
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verb (used with object), fer·ti·lized, fer·ti·liz·ing.

Biology.
  1. to render (the female gamete) capable of development by uniting it with the male gamete.
  2. to fecundate or impregnate (an animal or plant).
to make fertile; enrich: to fertilize farmland.
to make productive.
Also especially British, fer·ti·lise.

Origin of fertilize

First recorded in 1640–50; fertile + -ize
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British Dictionary definitions for unfertilized (1 of 2)

unfertilized

unfertilised

/ (ʌnˈfɜːtɪˌlaɪzd) /

adjective

(of an animal, plant, or egg cell) not fertilizedan unfertilized ovum

British Dictionary definitions for unfertilized (2 of 2)

fertilize

fertilise

/ (ˈfɜːtɪˌlaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to provide (an animal, plant, or egg cell) with sperm or pollen to bring about fertilization
to supply (soil or water) with mineral and organic nutrients to aid the growth of plants
to make fertile or productive
Derived Formsfertilizable or fertilisable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for unfertilized

fertilize


v.

1640s, "make fertile;" see fertile + -ize. Its biological sense of "unite with an egg cell" is first recorded 1859. Related: Fertilized; fertilizing.

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