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

Example Sentences

They are winterizing their cars by adding antifreeze and putting on snow tires.
Recent Examples on the Web The bill required energy companies to winterize their equipment to avoid future freeze offs. Christopher Helman, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 Otherwise, this is a chance to winterize your castle, catch up on reading, or visit someone special. Ed Silverman, STAT, 31 Oct. 2022 Check out our guides on how to winterize your home and how to stay cool without air-conditioning. Matt Jancer, Wired, 12 June 2022 And the total incentives for winterization are far lower than Texas paid for the failure to winterize. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 4 Apr. 2022 There are two practical ways of ensuring that private companies will winterize their generating hardware. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 4 Apr. 2022 A decade ago, when a similar storm caused similar problems, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission called on Texas to winterize its natural-gas facilities. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 9 Feb. 2022 Though power plants were required to winterize ahead of this winter, oil and natural gas companies won’t face those requirements until 2023. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 The problem was one of supply—power plants of all stripes, including natural gas, coal, nuclear, and wind—all shut down because operators failed to winterize their equipment. Jon Brodkin And Tim De Chant, Ars Technica, 28 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of winterize was in 1913

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Cite this Entry

“Winterize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


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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