fer·​til·​iz·​er ˈfər-tə-ˌlī-zər How to pronounce fertilizer (audio)
: one that fertilizes
specifically : a substance (such as manure or a chemical mixture) used to make soil more fertile

Example Sentences

We only use organic fertilizer in our gardens. They use chemical fertilizers on their lawn.
Recent Examples on the Web Grocery inflation has been particularly acute as grain supplies contracted and costs for fuel, fertilizer and animal feed have soared. Ana Swanson, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2023 Orchids,including some exotic varieties, are also available for purchase at the Garden Store along with soil, fertilizer and pots specifically for orchids. Paris Wolfe, cleveland, 27 Jan. 2023 Russia is both a top wheat and fertilizer supplier, and the war has interrupted inventory and caused prices to soar. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 24 Jan. 2023 On top of that, the costs of fertilizer and natural gas have exploded and global prices for food commodities like grain and vegetable oils were the highest on record in 2022. Fatima Hussein, ajc, 24 Jan. 2023 Emily studied sustainable agriculture and eco-friendly alternatives to fertilizer and soil amendments. Emily Estep, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Dec. 2022 The agreement, which still needs final approvals, would impose a tariff on imports of steel, cement, fertilizer and other products that have a heavy carbon footprint. Michael Birnbaum, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Dec. 2022 Many African nations have been hit hard by the effects of the war — wheat shortages, food supply disruptions, and rising fertilizer and fuel costs. Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2022 In an agricultural state like Kentucky, the costs of fertilizer and growing items have led to price spikes like a 25% increase for a partridge in a pear tree, which is reflective of pricing struggles across agriculture broadly. Olivia Evans, The Courier-Journal, 1 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1661, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fertilizer was circa 1661

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“Fertilizer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fertilizer. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


fer·​til·​iz·​er ˈfərt-ᵊl-ˌī-zər How to pronounce fertilizer (audio)
: a substance (as manure or a chemical) used to make soil produce larger or more plant life
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