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English definition of “fertilize”

fertilize

verb [T] (EGG/SEED) (UK usually fertilise)     /ˈfɜː.tɪ.laɪz/ US  /ˈfɝː.t̬əl.aɪz/
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.Animal reproduction fertilization (UK usually fertilisation)     /ˌfɜː.tɪ.laɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ US  /ˌfɝː.t̬əl.aɪ-/ noun [U] In humans, fertilization is more likely to occur at certain times of the month.Animal reproduction
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