pel·​let·​ize | \ ˈpe-lə-ˌtīz How to pronounce pelletize (audio) \
pelletized; pelletizing

Definition of pelletize

transitive verb

1 : to form or compact into pellets pelletize ore
2 : to coat (seeds) with a soluble material (as to facilitate ease of handling)

Other Words from pelletize

pelletization \ ˌpe-​lə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce pelletize (audio) \ noun
pelletizer \ ˈpe-​lə-​ˌtī-​zər How to pronounce pelletize (audio) \ noun

Examples of pelletize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead of going to its usual vendors who collect, sort, wash, and pelletize the plastic into a consistent substrate, Herman Miller joined NextWave Plastics, a consortium that aims to divert tons of plastic from entering the ocean. Anne Quito, Quartz, 2 Sep. 2021 First, machines process, clean, flake, and pelletize the plastic bales. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 2 June 2021

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First Known Use of pelletize

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pelletize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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