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Fertilize   /fˈərtəlˌaɪz/   Listen

(past & past part. fertilized; pres. part. fertilizing)
Provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to.  Synonyms: feed, fertilise.
Make fertile or productive.  Synonyms: fecundate, fertilise.
Introduce semen into (a female).  Synonyms: fecundate, fertilise, inseminate.

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"Fertilize" Quotes from Famous Books

... in its Appearance, and sometimes fatal in its Effects, is nevertheless very useful and beneficial upon the whole, for this likewise purifies the Air from sulphureous and oily Exhalations, and the Rains that fall with it fertilize the Earth exceedingly. It also moderates the Heat as Experience teaches us, for as it is always gloomy and sultry before Thunder, so it is afterwards generally cool and pleasant. These Remarks, though very short, may give the Reader an Opportunity of extending his Observations throughout all ...
— The Shepherd of Banbury's Rules to Judge of the Changes of the Weather, Grounded on Forty Years' Experience • John Claridge

... spermatozooen of the male. When a successful union of these two cells takes place a new being is started. The process of fertilization or fecundation is also known as impregnation and conception. We say, to fertilize (chiefly, however, when speaking of plants) or to fecundate an ovum, or to impregnate a female or woman, and to conceive a child. We say the woman has become impregnated ...
— Woman - Her Sex and Love Life • William J. Robinson

... roar. And we staggered along under this heat, in this light, in this burning, arid, desolate valley cut by this ravine of turbulent water which seemed to be ever hurrying onward, without being able to fertilize these rocks, lost in this furnace which greedily drank it up without being penetrated or ...
— A Comedy of Marriage & Other Tales • Guy De Maupassant

... not the Gospel show us the way to fertilize investigations such as those to which I have given my life? Does it not say: "Knock and it shall be opened, ask and it shall be given?" Then what must I do to find my way out of the maze in which my reason wanders? What ...
— Delsarte System of Oratory • Various

... generations of us pour out our blood to fertilize Italian ground, it's not too much to pay to chase those drilled curs.' ...
— The Shaving of Shagpat • George Meredith

Words linked to "Fertilize" :   fecundate, impregnate, feed, stratify, knock up, bang up, cross-fertilise, nitrify, topdress, prang up, husbandry, cross-pollinate, pollenate, agriculture, inseminate, farming, dung, enrich, pollinate, fertilizer, fertilization, change, alter, modify

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