Definition of "fertilize" []

  • To cause the fertilization of (an ovum, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • To make (soil, for example) fertile: Compost fertilizes the soil. (verb-transitive)
  • To spread fertilizer on: used a mechanical spreader to fertilize the lawn. (verb-transitive)
  • To spread fertilizer. (verb-intransitive)
  • To provide (an animal, plant, or egg cell) with sperm or pollen to bring about fertilization (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To supply (soil or water) with mineral and organic nutrients to aid the growth of plants (verb)
  • To make fertile or productive (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "fertilize" in a sentence
  • "Starting to prove that insects fertilize the flowers, his carefully observed facts only served to demonstrate in many cases the reverse -- that _insects could not fertilize_ flowers in the manner he had declared."
  • "A good way to determine when to fertilize is to wait until you have mowed the lawn twice and that means you actually had to mow because of lawn growth and not weed growth."
  • "When we went to Europe after watching one farmer at a B&B we stayed at "fertilize" his farm we throughly not only washed but scrubbed and peeled everything."