Fertilize

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Definition

verb

(biology) To fecundate; to render fertile or make (a female) capable of producing an offspring.

(agriculture) To supply or provide with nourishment, e.g. fertilizer and other nutrients, so as to make fruitful or productive.


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Word origin: From fertile » late ME (< MF) < L fertilis, fruitful, akin to ferre, to bear.

Variant: fertilise. Related forms: fertile (noun), fertilization (noun), fertilizational (adjective).

Synonym: fecundate, fecundify.

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