Definition of "-ize" []

  • To cause to be or to become: dramatize. (suffix)
  • To cause to conform to or resemble: Hellenize. (suffix)
  • To treat as: idolize. (suffix)
  • To treat or affect with: anesthetize. (suffix)
  • To subject to: tyrannize. (suffix)

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Use "-ize" in a sentence
  • "And although Sarah Churchwell's assertion (A neologism thang, innit, 10 May) that the -ize spelling is "much-maligned (in Britain)" may be true in some quarters, it isn't here at Oxford, where -ize remains, as it always has been, the preferred form."