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Fertilize

Definition
verb
(biology) To fecundate; to render fertile or make (a female) capable of producing an offspring.
(agriculture) To supply or provide with nourishment, e.g. fertilizer and other nutrients, so as to make fruitful or productive.
Supplement
Word origin: From fertile ยป late ME (< MF) < L fertilis, fruitful, akin to ferre, to bear.
Variant: fertilise.
Related forms: fertile (noun), fertilization (noun), fertilizational (adjective).
Synonym: fecundate, fecundify.


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