fertilize

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

Definition of fertilize

transitive verb

: to make fertile: such as
a : to apply a fertilizer to fertilize land
b : to cause the fertilization of

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Other Words from fertilize

fertilizable \ ˈfər-​tə-​ˌlī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce fertilizable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of fertilize in a Sentence

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.
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Multiple eggs are needed because some eggs won't fertilize or develop normally after fertilization. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "The in vitro fertilization process and what's at risk. Your questions answered," 10 Mar. 2018 Keep the soil weed free and slightly moist, but don't fertilize. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Onions," 1 Feb. 2018 Soon after an egg is fertilized, higher levels of hCG start to show up in our blood and urine. Shelby Pope, Allure, "Are Cheap Home Pregnancy Tests Just as Accurate as the Expensive Ones?," 12 Mar. 2019 The edited cells are infused into eggs, chemically fertilized in a lab and implanted into the womb of a surrogate. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "Big Tongues and Extra Vertebrae: The Unintended Consequences of Animal Gene Editing," 14 Dec. 2018 During the process of IVF, eggs are extracted, fertilized in the laboratory, and transferred into the patient's uterus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Korin Miller, SELF, "Jana Kramer Got Pregnant After a Failed Round of IVF—Twice," 2 Nov. 2018 Once the pots are planted, DAP ambassadors water and fertilize the planters, and keep them beautiful through the growing season. Staff, cleveland.com, "Comment here on cleveland.com court and crime stories for Friday, March 23, 2018," 23 Mar. 2018 In pronuclear transfer, both the maternal eggs and the donor eggs are fertilized via IVF. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "3 biological parents, 1 child, and an international controversy," 24 July 2018 These whales usually rely on current upwellings from deep waters to fertilize phytoplankton, which are eaten by zooplankton, which are in turn consumed by the tiny critters that whales love to eat. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Huge Blue Whale Sighted in the Red Sea for the First Time," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of fertilize

1621, in the meaning defined above

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fertilize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fertilize

: 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)

fertilize

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

Kids Definition of fertilize

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

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