-ize

(Latin: a suffix; to act in a certain way; to treat in a certain way; to make into; to treat with; to do; to make; to cause)

These word entries are just a small listing of the many words that exist with the -ize endings; so, be aware that there are many more words with this suffix which exist in this lexicon.

Another closely related suffix family with the same meanings, but a different spelling, is located at this -ise unit.

cacophonize (noun), cacophonizes; cacophonized; cacophonizing
To make harsh or bad sounds: Using an untuned piano and a toy horn, Henry cacophonized while sitting on the balcony overlooking a peaceful lake, upsetting others who were in apartments nearby.
canonize
To declare someone a saint.
capitalize (verb), capitalizes; capitalized; capitalizing
1. To write or print in capital letters or with an initial capital.
2. To authorize a certain amount of stocks and bonds in the corporate charter of.
3. To issue stock as a dividend, thereby capitalizing retained earnings, or as settlement of an unpaid arrearage of preferred dividends.
4. In accounting, to set up (expenditures); such as, business assets in the books of account instead of treating as an expense.
5. To supply with capital.
6. To estimate the value of (a stock or an enterprise).
7. To use debt or budgeted expenditures as capital for development.
carbonize
carnalize (verb), carnalizes; carnalized; carnalizing
To make more materialistic or physical, as opposed to being spiritual.
circularize
1. To publicize with circulars.
2. To canvass or to take a poll using a questionnaire.
civilize (verb), civilizes; civilized; civilizing
1. To teach someone, or a group of people, to behave in a way that is more gentle and polite: Ingrid's parents hoped that a boarding school might help civilize her so she wouldn't be so hateful.
2. To make more concerned, fair, and reasonable: Dr. Anderson is a new doctor who has been civilizing the treatment of patients with mental illnesses.
3. To guide or to help others to have a more highly organized and more modern way of living: The missionaries were convinced that it was their responsibility to civilize the natives who lived in the jungle so they could improve their lives.
colonize
1. To form or establish a colony or colonies.
2. To migrate to and settle in; occupy as a colony.
3. To resettle or confine (people) in or as if in a colony.
4. To settle in a colony or colonies.
communize (verb), communizes; communized; communizing
To change or convert from private ownership or management to group governance: "The residents asked the town council to communize the availability of bicycles so anyone would be able to use them to get around the city."
criticize
1. To analyze and judge as a critic.
2. To judge disapprovingly; find fault (with); censure.
decivilize (verb), decivilizes; decivilized; decivilizing
To move from a developed society and an advanced culture to one that is of a wild or savage behavior: After centuries, the Romans were decivilized by the invading barbarians; and similar developments are also applicable to the Egyptians and other ancient cultures.
dehumanize (verb), dehumanizes; dehumanized; dehumanizing
To treat someone as if he or she is not a normal human being: "When there is a military conflict, the propaganda presentations of both sides are meant to dehumanize the opposing enemy."
dehypnotize
To awaken out of the hypnotic state.
demilitarize (verb), demilitarizes; demilitarized; demilitarizing
1. To remove or prohibit the presence of soldiers, weapons, and military installations in an area after an agreement has been made to stop military operations.
2. To eliminate the military character of a zone.
3. To prohibit military forces or installations in an area.
4. To replace military control with civilian control.
demineralize
1. To remove minerals or mineral salts from something; such as, bone or a liquid.
2. To lose mineral content or to become demineralized.