plas·​ti·​cize | \ ˈpla-stə-ˌsīz How to pronounce plasticize (audio) \
plasticized; plasticizing

Definition of plasticize

transitive verb

1 : to make plastic
2 : to treat with a plastic a plasticized mattress cover

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Other Words from plasticize

plasticization \ ˌpla-​stə-​sə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce plasticize (audio) \ noun

Examples of plasticize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These days lignin has become cost-effective for 3D printing or adhesives, and it can be plasticized or used to reinforce other bioplastics. Troy Farah, Ars Technica, 20 Jan. 2020 But there is also a chance that this ends up plasticizing a movement that was raw and powerful and eye-opening (not to mention disdained by owners who wanted to keep a certain brand of politics away from their business). Conor Orr,, 19 Aug. 2019 The tunnel, with a diameter of about 10 inches, was made of plasticized concrete. WSJ, 7 Dec. 2018 New Yorkers welcomed speckled Asian pears; papaya with its lode of dripping black seeds; rough-skinned litchi disclosing creamy white flesh; knobby cherimoya with guts of custard; star fruit with its sharp angles and plasticized shine. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2018 But the team succeeded in finding a suitable binder to create the first ever plasticized thermite. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of plasticize

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Plasticize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for plasticize


transitive verb
variants: or British plasticise \ ˈplas-​tə-​ˌsīz How to pronounce plasticize (audio) \
plasticized or British plasticised; plasticizing or British plasticising

Medical Definition of plasticize

1 : to make plastic
2 : to treat with a plastic

Other Words from plasticize

plasticization or British plasticisation \ ˌplas-​tə-​sə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce plasticize (audio) \ noun


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