Definition of fertilize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    fertilize

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    verb
    NAmE//ˈfərt̮lˌaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fertilize
     
    he / she / it fertilizes
     
    past simple fertilized
     
    -ing form fertilizing
     
     
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  1. 1fertilize something to put pollen into a plant so that a seed develops; to join sperm with an egg so that a baby or young animal develops Flowers are often fertilized by bees as they gather nectar. a fertilized egg
  2. 2fertilize something to add a substance to soil to make plants grow more successfully
fertilization
 
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NAmE//ˌfərt̮l̩əˈzeɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable] Immediately after fertilization, the cells of the egg divide. the fertilization of soil with artificial chemicals
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