bot·​a·​nize | \ ˈbä-tə-ˌnīz How to pronounce botanize (audio) \
botanized; botanizing

Definition of botanize

intransitive verb

: to collect plants for botanical investigation : to study plants in their natural habitat She was preparing to go botanizing with Conservation International's Robin Foster in the scientifically unexplored depths of the reserve.— Adrian Forsyth The group botanized along the coast.

transitive verb

: to explore for botanical purposes He spent the day botanizing the park.

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Other Words from botanize

botanizer \ ˈbä-​tə-​ˌnī-​zər How to pronounce botanize (audio) \ noun

Examples of botanize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Armed with magnifying glasses, the group travels along a busy route whose traffic doesn’t deter them from botanizing. Irene Wanner, The Seattle Times, "In Oliver Sacks’ final book, the writer’s signature charm and self-effacing kindness shine through one last time," 19 May 2019 In this country, Linnaeus was enraptured, botanizing among the unique high elevation tundra flowers. James Prosek, New York Times, "A Botanist in Swedish Lapland," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of botanize

1751, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Botanize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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