winterize

[ win-tuh-rahyz ]
/ ˈwɪn təˌraɪz /

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.

Nearby words

  1. wintercress,
  2. winterfeed,
  3. wintergreen,
  4. wintergreen barberry,
  5. wintergreen oil,
  6. winterkill,
  7. winterly,
  8. winterreise, die,
  9. winters,
  10. winters, yvor

Also especially British, win·ter·ise.

Origin of winterize

First recorded in 1925–30; winter + -ize

Related formswin·ter·i·za·tion, nounwin·ter·iz·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for winterize

winterize

winterise

/ (ˈwɪntəˌraɪz) /

verb

(tr) US and Canadian to prepare (a house, car, etc) to withstand winter conditions
Derived Formswinterization or winterisation, noun

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Word Origin and History for winterize

winterize

v.

1938, on model of earlier summerize (1935); from winter (n.) + -ize. Related: Winterized; winterizing.

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