Definition of -ize suffix from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    -ize

     suffix
    suffix
    NAmE//aɪz//
     
     
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  1. 1(in verbs)
  2. 2to become, make, or make like privatize fossilize Americanize
  3. 3to speak, think, act, treat, etc. in the way mentioned criticize theorize deputize pasteurize
  4. 4to place in hospitalize
NAmE//əˈzeɪʃn//
 
(in nouns) immunization
-izationally
 
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NAmE//əˈzeɪʃənəli//
 
(in adverbs) organizationally
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: -ize