fertilize Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"fertilize" in British English

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fertilizeverb [T]

(UK usually fertilise) uk   /ˈfɜː.tɪ.laɪz/  us   /ˈfɝː.t̬əl.aɪz/

fertilize verb [T] (LAND)

to ​spread a ​natural or ​chemicalsubstance on ​land or ​plants, in ​order to make the ​plantsgrow well

fertilize verb [T] (EGG/SEED)

to ​cause an ​egg or ​seed to ​start to ​develop into a new ​younganimal or ​plant by ​joining it with a ​malecell: Bees fertilize the ​flowers by ​bringingpollen. Once an ​egg is fertilized by the ​sperm, it ​becomes an ​embryo.
fertilization
noun [U] (UK usually fertilisation) uk   /ˌfɜː.tɪ.laɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌfɝː.t̬əl.aɪ-/
In ​humans, fertilization is more ​likely to ​occur at ​certaintimes of the ​month.
(Definition of fertilize from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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fertilizeverb [T]

 us   /ˈfɜr·təlˌɑɪz/

fertilize verb [T] (SPREAD A SUBSTANCE)

to ​spread a ​natural or ​chemicalsubstance on ​land in ​order to make ​plantsgrow well: You have to fertilize ​yourgarden.

fertilize verb [T] (JOIN CELLS)

biology (in ​plants and ​animals) to ​joinmale and ​femalesexualcells so that ​youngbegin to ​develop
(Definition of fertilize from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “fertilize”
in Chinese (Simplified) 土地, 施肥于…
in Turkish dölle(n)mek, tohumla(n)mak, tabiî veya kimyevî gübre vermek…
in Russian оплодотворять, удобрять…
in Chinese (Traditional) 土地, 施肥於…
in Polish zapłodnić, nawozić…
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