win·​ter·​ize ˈwin-tə-ˌrīz How to pronounce winterize (audio)
winterized; winterizing

transitive verb

: to make ready for winter or winter use and especially resistant or proof against winter weather
winterize a car
winterization noun

Examples of winterize in a Sentence

They are winterizing their cars by adding antifreeze and putting on snow tires.
Recent Examples on the Web The archdiocese is now planning to repair the roof, board the windows, winterize the plumbing and heating systems, and do other work to stabilize the building. Tom Daykin, Journal Sentinel, 10 Apr. 2024 Which is why the first thing to change when winterizing your workout is your mind. Maria L. La Ganga, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 This is also the perfect chance to winterize a look for the fall. Nyla Stanford, Vogue, 22 Nov. 2023 They were forced to winterize their units, and regulators stepped up inspections and levied healthy fines. Dallas News, 21 Jan. 2022 Just be sure to adequately water the patches for a few weeks before winterizing the lawn completely. Stephanie Osmanski, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Oct. 2023 That brings maintenance issues and hassles, including the need to winterize a conventional boat. IEEE Spectrum, 3 Oct. 2023 Further donations enabled him to complete repairs on the plumbing and the gas heater system, and winterize the property. Richard Grant, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Sep. 2023 Think of winterizing your pool as doing your future self a favor. Alyssa Longobucco, House Beautiful, 4 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of winterize was in 1913

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Cite this Entry

“Winterize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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win·​ter·​ize ˈwint-ə-ˌrīz How to pronounce winterize (audio)
winterized; winterizing
: to make ready for winter
winterize the car
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