fertilize
transitive verb (-ized; -izing) Date: 1621 to make fertile: as a. to apply a fertilizer to <
fertilize land
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b. to cause the fertilization of • fertilizable adjective

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  • Fertilize — Fer ti*lize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fertilized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fertilizing}.] [Cf. F. fertiliser.] 1. To make fertile or enrich; to supply with nourishment for plants; to make fruitful or productive; as, to fertilize land, soil, ground, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fertilize — [fʉrt′ l īz΄] vt. fertilized, fertilizing 1. to make fertile; make fruitful or productive; enrich [nitrates fertilize soil] 2. to spread fertilizer on 3. Biol. to make (the female reproductive cell or female individual) fruitful by pollinating,… …   English World dictionary

  • fertilize — 1640s, make fertile; see FERTILE (Cf. fertile) + IZE (Cf. ize). Its biological sense of unite with an egg cell is first recorded 1859. Related: Fertilized; fertilizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • fertilize — (Amer.) fer·ti·lize || fÉœrtlaɪz / fɜːtɪ v. impregnate, inseminate; enrich the soil by the addition of organic or chemical substances (also fertilise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fertilize — [v] make ready to bear, produce beget, breed, compost, cover, dress, enrich, fecundate, feed, fructify, generate, germinate, impregnate, inseminate, lime, make fruitful, make pregnant, manure, mulch, pollinate, procreate, propagate, top dress,… …   New thesaurus

  • fertilize — (also fertilise) ► VERB 1) cause (an egg, female animal, or plant) to develop a new individual by introducing male reproductive material. 2) add fertilizer to (soil or land). DERIVATIVES fertilization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • fertilize — verb Fertilize is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑sperm Fertilize is used with these nouns as the object: ↑egg, ↑field, ↑soil …   Collocations dictionary

  • fertilize — UK [ˈfɜː(r)təlaɪz] / US [ˈfɜrtəˌlaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms fertilize : present tense I/you/we/they fertilize he/she/it fertilizes present participle fertilizing past tense fertilized past participle fertilized 1) biology to provide the… …   English dictionary

  • fertilize — fertilizable, adj. fertilizability, n. /ferr tl uyz /, v.t., fertilized, fertilizing. 1. Biol. a. to render (the female gamete) capable of development by uniting it with the male gamete. b. to fecundate or impregnate (an animal or plant). 2. to… …   Universalium

  • fertilize — verb a) To make (the soil) more fertile by adding nutrients to it. to fertilize ones imagination b) To make more creative or intellectually productive …   Wiktionary

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