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English definition of “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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