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)
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Examples of FERTILIZE
- A single sperm fertilizes an egg.
- Bees fertilize plants as they collect nectar from flowers.
- He fertilizes the lawn every year.
- The soil is so rich there is no need to fertilize.
First Known Use of FERTILIZE
: to make fertile or more fertile <a fertilized egg> <Workers fertilized the garden with nutrients.>
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