Fertilise



[fur-tl-ahyz] /ˈfɜr tlˌaɪz/

verb (used with object), fertilized, fertilizing.
1.
Biology.

2.
to make fertile; enrich:
to fertilize farmland.
3.
to make productive.
/ˈfɜːtɪˌlaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to provide (an animal, plant, or egg cell) with sperm or pollen to bring about fertilization
2.
to supply (soil or water) with mineral and organic nutrients to aid the growth of plants
3.
to make fertile or productive
v.

1640s, “make fertile;” see fertile + -ize. Its biological sense of “unite with an egg cell” is first recorded 1859. Related: Fertilized; fertilizing.

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