verb fer·til·ize \ˈfər-tə-ˌlīz\

: to make (an egg) able to grow and develop

: to make (a plant or flower) able to produce seeds

: to make (soil, land, etc.) richer and better able to support plant growth by adding chemicals or a natural substance (such as manure)


Full Definition of FERTILIZE

transitive verb
:  to make fertile: as
a :  to apply a fertilizer to <fertilize land>
b :  to cause the fertilization of
fer·til·iz·able \-ˌlī-zə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of FERTILIZE

  1. A single sperm fertilizes an egg.
  2. Bees fertilize plants as they collect nectar from flowers.
  3. He fertilizes the lawn every year.
  4. The soil is so rich there is no need to fertilize.

First Known Use of FERTILIZE

FERTILIZABLE Defined for Kids


verb fer·til·ize \ˈfər-tə-ˌlīz\

Definition of FERTILIZE for Kids

:  to make fertile or more fertile <a fertilized egg> <Workers fertilized the garden with nutrients.>


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