so·​lar·​ize | \ ˈsō-lə-ˌrīz How to pronounce solarize (audio) \
solarized; solarizing

Definition of solarize

transitive verb

1a : to affect by the action of the sun's rays
b : to expose to sunlight
2 : to subject (photographic materials) to solarization
3 : to convert or adapt (a home, building, etc.) to the use of solar power (as for heat and electricity) … providing tax breaks to residents who want to solarize their homes for efficiency and cost.— Roddie Burns

Examples of solarize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And/or solarize to superheat the soil and kill both the grass and weed seeds. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Aug. 2021 The Café Moto roaster in Barrio Logan is completely solarized and produces about 3,000 pounds per day., 21 Nov. 2017 Even if not putting new soil in, dump out the old soil on a tarp and solarize it for a couple of days. Colleen Smith, The Denver Post, 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of solarize

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Solarize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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