fossilize

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verb fos·sil·ize \ˈfä-sə-ˌlīz\

Definition of fossilize

fossilized

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fossilizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to convert into a fossil

  3. 2 :  to make outmoded, rigid, or fixed

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become changed into a fossil

fossilization

play \ˌfä-sə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of fossilize in a Sentence

  1. The mud helped to preserve and fossilize the wood.

1794

First Known Use of fossilize

1794


FOSSILIZE Defined for English Language Learners

fossilize

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Definition of fossilize for English Language Learners

  • : to become a fossil or to cause (something) to become a fossil


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