fertilize

verb

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

transitive verb

: to make fertile: such as
a
: to apply a fertilizer to
fertilize land
b
: to cause the fertilization of
fertilizable 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Subsequently, they’re fertilized by sperm from the woman’s partner. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2024 This shows up as low sperm count, little or no sperm in the ejaculate or inability for sperm to move easily to fertilize an egg. Taayoo Murray, Essence, 31 May 2024 First in line ought to be those couples seeking in vitro fertilization, where women’s eggs are fertilized outside the womb before being transferred into a healthy uterus. Baltimore Sun Editorial Board, Baltimore Sun, 22 Feb. 2024 Then, four to six weeks after planting, fertilize plants again with a slow-release fertilizer mixed into the top two inches of soil or use an organic product, such as fish emulsion, greensand, or kelp meal. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for fertilize 

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Word History

First Known Use

1621, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fertilize was in 1621

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“Fertilize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fertilize. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

fertilize

verb
fer·​til·​ize ˈfərt-ᵊl-ˌīz How to pronounce fertilize (audio)
fertilized; fertilizing
: to make fertile: as
a
: to cause the fertilization of
also : to unite with in the process of fertilization
a sperm fertilizes an egg
b
: to apply a fertilizer to
fertilize land
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