verb (used with object), win·ter·ized, win·ter·iz·ing.
- to prepare (an automobile, house, etc.) for cold weather by (in automobiles) adding antifreeze and changing oil or (in houses) adding insulation, heating units, etc.
verb (used without object), win·ter·ized, win·ter·iz·ing.
- to winterize an automobile, house, etc.
Also especially British, win·ter·ise.
Origin of winterize
Related formswin·ter·i·za·tion, nounwin·ter·iz·er, noun
First recorded in 1925–30; winter
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British Dictionary definitions for winterize
Derived Formswinterization or winterisation, noun
- (tr) US and Canadian to prepare (a house, car, etc) to withstand winter conditions
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Word Origin and History for winterize
1938, on model of earlier summerize (1935); from winter (n.) + -ize. Related: Winterized; winterizing.
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