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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fur-tl-ahyz]
    • /ˈfɜr tlˌaɪz/
    • /ˈfɜː.tɪ.laɪz/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fur-tl-ahyz]
    • /ˈfɜr tlˌaɪz/

Definitions of fertilize word

  • verb with object fertilize Biology. to render (the female gamete) capable of development by uniting it with the male gamete. to fecundate or impregnate (an animal or plant). 1
  • verb with object fertilize to make fertile; enrich: to fertilize farmland. 1
  • verb with object fertilize to make productive. 1
  • noun fertilize Cause (an egg, female animal, or plant) to develop a new individual by introducing male reproductive material. 1
  • transitive verb fertilize egg: impregnate 1
  • transitive verb fertilize soil: put compost on 1

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Origin of fertilize

First appearance:

before 1640
One of the 44% oldest English words
First recorded in 1640-50; fertile + -ize

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Fertilize


fertilize popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 69% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

fertilize usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fertilize

verb fertilize

  • impregnate — to make pregnant; get with child or young.
  • mulch — a covering, as of straw, compost, or plastic sheeting, spread on the ground around plants to prevent excessive evaporation or erosion, enrich the soil, inhibit weed growth, etc.
  • compost — Compost is a mixture of decayed plants and vegetable waste which is added to the soil to help plants grow.
  • propagate — to cause (an organism) to multiply by any process of natural reproduction from the parent stock.
  • inseminate — to inject semen into (the female reproductive tract); impregnate.

Antonyms for fertilize

verb fertilize

  • deplete — To deplete a stock or amount of something means to reduce it.
  • uncover — to lay bare; disclose; reveal.
  • ignore — to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.
  • exhaust — Drain (someone) of their physical or mental resources; tire out.

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