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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fertilize  \Fer"ti*lize\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Fertilized};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Fertilizing}.]  [Cf.  F.  fertiliser.] 
  1.  To  make  fertile  or  enrich;  to  supply  with  nourishment  for 
  plants;  to  make  fruitful  or  productive;  as  to  fertilize 
  land,  soil,  ground,  and  meadows. 
 
  And  fertilize  the  field  that  each  pretends  to  gain. 
  --Byron. 
 
  2.  To  fecundate;  as  to  fertilize  flower.  --A.  R.  Wallace. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fertilize 
  v  1:  provide  with  fertilizers  or  add  nutrients  to  in  agriculture 
  and  gardening;  "We  shoudl  fertilize  soil  if  we  want  to 
  grow  healthy  plants"  [syn:  {feed}] 
  2:  make  fertile  or  productive;  "The  course  fertilized  her 
  imagination" 
  3:  introduce  semen  into  (a  female)  [syn:  {inseminate}] 




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