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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Recent Examples on the Web

The pollen lands on the plants’ strands of silk, which swing like dirty blond ponytails, and slides down the strands to fertilize the ears. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "May I Recommend That You Grow Your Own Corn," 20 June 2019 Many vegetables appreciate being fertilized during the growing season. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "How to salvage your garden after a Colorado hail storm rips it apart," 11 June 2019 In this scenario, doctors fertilize eggs with sperm before freezing them. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "How Does Endometriosis Impact Fertility?," 8 Feb. 2019 In general, though, hermaphrodites typically only self-fertilize as an act of desperation. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Alternatives to Heterosexual Pairings, Brought to You By Non-Human Animals," 28 June 2018 Regardless, a seed that Trump and his team planted long ago and have steadily fertilized is now sprouting. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Trump lawyer’s call for end to Russia probe is all about the investigation’s aftermath — or firing Mueller," 17 Mar. 2018 Lastly, keep your mower blades sharp for peak effectiveness and, of course, don't forget to fertilize! Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You’ll Never Guess The Number One Thing Buyers Look For When Purchasing a Home," 9 Apr. 2019 After fertilizing it’s important to use a garden rake to scratch up the area to work the fertilizer down into the soil. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Plant Grass Seed for a New Lawn," 23 Jan. 2019 This hormone also thins your uterine lining so any egg that might get fertilized would have a harder time implanting. Korin Miller, SELF, "When Is It OK to Get Your IUD Removed?," 12 Mar. 2019

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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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