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.
Recent Examples on the Web Here are eight winterizing strategies: One of the most effective and affordable ways to keep water pipes from freezing is to cover them with pipe insulation. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Winterize Your Pipes and Prevent a Frozen Disaster," 17 Feb. 2020 Jeep’s customer research must have reached the same conclusion, because now there is a go-to trim that winterizes every vehicle in its lineup. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "2020 Jeep North Edition Trims Make Every Jeep Model Winter-Friendly," 17 Jan. 2020 Safety tips include sharing travel plans with friends or family, packing an emergency supply kit, winterizing your vehicle and checking road conditions. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Pacific storm to bring snow to northern Arizona, rain in the Phoenix area," 21 Dec. 2019 Brock Collection offered a trick for winterizing your favorite floral dress: just layer a cozy sweater underneath. Emily Farra, Vogue, "14 Holiday Style Ideas Fresh From the Pre-Fall 2020 Collections," 21 Dec. 2019 The boyfriend, who had been helping Quintal winterize her uncle’s cabin, left two days before the Oct. 17 incident. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Cadaver dogs, volunteers help in search for missing Southfield mom," 8 Dec. 2019 This month was all about winterizing my beauty routine: swapping in skin-care products that are better-suited to the season, and—ahead of the holidays—transitioning to makeup that feels a little festive. Glamour, "These Are the Products a Beauty Editor Reaches for in Winter," 18 Nov. 2019 Get prepared by Wednesday: Dig out your winter coats and hats and winterize your car: check tires, find ice scraper, and locate your emergency kit. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Chaotic Denver weather ahead: Frost advisory, heightened wildfire risk, snow and temperatures in the 80s all in the forecast this week," 7 Oct. 2019 Your sprinkler system needs to be winterized in the fall before freezing weather settles in to prevent water freezing in the system and causing damage. Tim Johnson,, "Watering doesn’t end with fall, but irrigation systems need to be winterized," 5 Nov. 2019

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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 21 Oct. 2020.

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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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