Definition of fertilize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈfɜːtəlaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɜːrtəlaɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fertilize
    BrE BrE//ˈfɜːtəlaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɜːrtəlaɪz//
    he / she / it fertilizes
    BrE BrE//ˈfɜːtəlaɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɜːrtəlaɪzɪz//
    past simple fertilized
    BrE BrE//ˈfɜːtəlaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɜːrtəlaɪzd//
    past participle fertilized
    BrE BrE//ˈfɜːtəlaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɜːrtəlaɪzd//
    -ing form fertilizing
    BrE BrE//ˈfɜːtəlaɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɜːrtəlaɪzɪŋ//
    Growing crops, Cell biology
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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 See related entries: Cell biology
  2. 2fertilize something to add a substance to soil to make plants grow more successfully See related entries: Growing crops
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