cross-fertilize

verb
cross-fer·​til·​ize | \ ˈkrȯs-ˈfər-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce cross-fertilize (audio) \
cross-fertilized; cross-fertilizing; cross-fertilizes

Definition of cross-fertilize

transitive verb

: to accomplish cross-fertilization of

intransitive verb

: to undergo cross-fertilization

First Known Use of cross-fertilize

1876, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Cross-fertilize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cross-fertilize. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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cross-fertilize

verb
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English Language Learners Definition of cross-fertilize

: to combine sex cells from (two separate plants) to produce a new plant
: to combine (two different ideas, style, etc.) in a good or creative way

cross-fertilize

verb
cross-fer·​til·​ize
variants: or British cross-fertilise \ -​ˈfərt-​ᵊl-​ˌīz How to pronounce cross-fertilise (audio) \
cross-fertilized or British cross-fertilised; cross-fertilizing or British cross-fertilising

Medical Definition of cross-fertilize

transitive verb

: to accomplish cross-fertilization of

intransitive verb

: to undergo cross-fertilization

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