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fertilize

verb [T] uk (UK usually fertilise)   /ˈfɜː.tɪ.laɪz/ us    /ˈfɝː.t̬əl.aɪz/

fertilize verb [T] (LAND)

to spread a natural or chemical substance on land or plants, in order to make the plants grow well

fertilize verb [T] (EGG/SEED)

to cause an egg or seed to start to develop into a new young animal or plant by joining it with a male cell: Bees fertilize the flowers by bringing pollen. Once an egg is fertilized by the sperm, it becomes an embryo.
fertilization
noun [U] uk (UK usually fertilisation)   /ˌfɜː.tɪ.laɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us    /ˌfɝː.t̬əl.aɪ-/
In humans, fertilization is more likely to occur at certain times of the month.
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