weath·​er·​ize ˈwe-t͟hə-ˌrīz How to pronounce weatherize (audio)
weatherized; weatherizing

transitive verb

: to make (something, such as a house) better protected against winter weather (as by adding insulation)
ˌwe-t͟hə- How to pronounce weatherize (audio)

Example Sentences

We'll weatherize the cabin with insulation.
Recent Examples on the Web The bills would help Oregonians take advantage of various state and federal incentives and rebates to weatherize their homes, install electric heat pumps and other energy-efficient appliances. oregonlive, 14 Mar. 2023 Texas has few and often no requirements for buildings and power plants to weatherize, instead relying on free-market established prices to provide the incentive for businesses to do so on their own. Timothy Puko, WSJ, 26 Feb. 2021 But hundreds of households have been deferred this year because of damaged roofs that prevent insulation installed to weatherize a home from working. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 26 Nov. 2021 Local energy committees have been helping libraries install heat pumps and low-income families weatherize their homes. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Dec. 2022 Regulators are mapping the state’s electricity supply chain, and critical gas locations will be required to weatherize. Dallas News, 8 Feb. 2022 To address the issue, Verde is working on improving the quality of rental housing by collaborating with the Build/Shift Collective to weatherize homes. oregonlive, 20 Oct. 2022 The program will prioritize those on an existing Senior Emergency Home Repair waitlist or those who were not able to weatherize their homes because of their roof conditions. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 30 Sep. 2022 To keep your heating bill down without sacrificing comfort, look for alternative ways to warm and weatherize your home in the winter. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of weatherize was in 1943

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Cite this Entry

“Weatherize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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