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 winterize (audio) \ 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 failure to winterize by many of the state’s leading power utilities, which critics say is aided by a system that gives them no incentive to do so, left the normally warm and arid state unprepared for diving temperatures. Dallas News, 27 Aug. 2021 Legislators sought this month to strengthen the state's power grid — which isn't subject to federal oversight — through measures that will force companies to winterize parts of the grid deemed critical. NBC News, 15 June 2021 Power generators who didn’t winterize their plants and electricity providers forced to buy power at the highest rates ever. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, 21 May 2021 After a Texas freeze in 2011, power plant operators were asked to winterize. USA Today, 19 May 2021 State lawmakers are advancing bills to reform the power market, including measures that would require generators and gas facilities to winterize with taxpayer help. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 23 Apr. 2021 That exposed a major flaw in a laissez-faire power market that had not required participants to winterize their equipment. Katherine Blunt, WSJ, 16 Apr. 2021 After a 2011 winter storm, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission urged Texas to winterize – and noted the state had largely ignored the same recommendations after a 1989 storm. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 13 Apr. 2021 Republican Governor Greg Abbott wants to force power plants to winterize after nearly half of the state's generation capacity was knocked offline by subfreezing temperatures. CBS News, 25 Feb. 2021

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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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“Winterize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of winterize

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


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