fertilize

fertilize
Synonyms and related words:
backset, compost, cross-fertilize, cross-pollen, cross-pollinate, cross-pollinize, cultivate, culture, cut, delve, dig, dress, enrich, fallow, fatten, fecundate, fecundify, feed, force, fructify, get with child, get with young, harrow, hoe, impregnate, inseminate, list, manure, mulch, nourish, plow, pollen, pollinate, pollinize, prolificate, prune, rake, spade, spermatize, thin, thin out, till, till the soil, weed, weed out, work

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  • Fertilize — Fer ti*lize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fertilized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fertilizing}.] [Cf. F. fertiliser.] 1. To make fertile or enrich; to supply with nourishment for plants; to make fruitful or productive; as, to fertilize land, soil, ground, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fertilize — [fʉrt′ l īz΄] vt. fertilized, fertilizing 1. to make fertile; make fruitful or productive; enrich [nitrates fertilize soil] 2. to spread fertilizer on 3. Biol. to make (the female reproductive cell or female individual) fruitful by pollinating,… …   English World dictionary

  • fertilize — 1640s, make fertile; see FERTILE (Cf. fertile) + IZE (Cf. ize). Its biological sense of unite with an egg cell is first recorded 1859. Related: Fertilized; fertilizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • fertilize — (Amer.) fer·ti·lize || fÉœrtlaɪz / fɜːtɪ v. impregnate, inseminate; enrich the soil by the addition of organic or chemical substances (also fertilise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fertilize — [v] make ready to bear, produce beget, breed, compost, cover, dress, enrich, fecundate, feed, fructify, generate, germinate, impregnate, inseminate, lime, make fruitful, make pregnant, manure, mulch, pollinate, procreate, propagate, top dress,… …   New thesaurus

  • fertilize — (also fertilise) ► VERB 1) cause (an egg, female animal, or plant) to develop a new individual by introducing male reproductive material. 2) add fertilizer to (soil or land). DERIVATIVES fertilization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • fertilize — verb Fertilize is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑sperm Fertilize is used with these nouns as the object: ↑egg, ↑field, ↑soil …   Collocations dictionary

  • fertilize — UK [ˈfɜː(r)təlaɪz] / US [ˈfɜrtəˌlaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms fertilize : present tense I/you/we/they fertilize he/she/it fertilizes present participle fertilizing past tense fertilized past participle fertilized 1) biology to provide the… …   English dictionary

  • fertilize — transitive verb ( ized; izing) Date: 1621 to make fertile: as a. to apply a fertilizer to < fertilize land > b. to cause the fertilization of • fertilizable adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fertilize — fertilizable, adj. fertilizability, n. /ferr tl uyz /, v.t., fertilized, fertilizing. 1. Biol. a. to render (the female gamete) capable of development by uniting it with the male gamete. b. to fecundate or impregnate (an animal or plant). 2. to… …   Universalium

  • fertilize — verb a) To make (the soil) more fertile by adding nutrients to it. to fertilize ones imagination b) To make more creative or intellectually productive …   Wiktionary

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