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

Definition of winterize

transitive verb

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

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winterization \ ˌwin-​tə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce winterization (audio) \ noun

Examples of winterize in a Sentence

They are winterizing their cars by adding antifreeze and putting on snow tires.

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Ships that regularly sail in icy waters must be ice-hardened or winterized, to withstand the pounding and stress of thick ice and cold temperatures. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "Cold War Games: U.S. Is Preparing to Test the Waters in Icy Arctic," 11 Jan. 2019 Your pool is now fully winterized and waiting for spring. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Winterize Your Pool," 25 Oct. 2018 It wasn’t winterized, though, and as their children neared college age, the owners wanted to vacation here year- round. Hillary Brown, House Beautiful, "This New Home Feels Nostalgic In The Best Way," 30 Aug. 2018 Some rose shrubs do develop hips (seed cases) while winterizing. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Thinking of becoming a gardener? Here’s a primer for southern Idaho," 31 Jan. 2018 Winter House In Aspen, Humm and Guidara will winterize the menu and vibe for the Sno-Cat crowd: Think schnitzel and crispy potato rosti, as well as a consommé that will undoubtedly appeal to bone broth aficionados. Kate Krader,, "The Hamptons’ Hottest Hangout Will Pop Up in Aspen," 28 Feb. 2018 The USS Little Rock and its crew of about 70 sailors are hunkering down in Montreal for the rest of the winter, while Marinette Marine personnel assist in winterizing the ship for its icy berth. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marinette-built ship USS Little Rock remains stuck in the ice in Montreal," 24 Jan. 2018 Stop at that time to let the shrub winterize itself. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Thinking of becoming a gardener? Here’s a primer for southern Idaho," 31 Jan. 2018 And there are only about five companies that winterize boats, says Hearns Marine owner Danny Hearns. Laura Johnston,, "How to winterize your boat in 5 steps (video)," 30 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of winterize

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of winterize was in 1913

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English Language Learners Definition of winterize

US : to make (something) able to resist the effects of winter weather

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