-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.

demobilize (verb), demobilizes; demobilized; demobilizing
demoralize (verb), demoralizes; demoralized; demoralizing
1. To discourage someone; to lose hope or confidence in something: It demoralized and disheartened Mildred to see her elderly mother so extremely sick and terribly weak.
2. To corrupt in a moral sense; to debauch: Some parents are very anxious that R-rated movies might demoralize their children with the result that they would lose their awareness of what is right and what is wrong.
Noise is a real problem.
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denationalize (verb), denationalizes; denationalized; denationalizing
To transfer an industry or institution from a public to a private ownership.
deodorize (verb), deodorize; deodorized; deodorizing
1. To deprive of an odor; especially, of offensive, or bad, odors or smells.
2. To disguise or eliminate unpleasant odors in a place.
deputize (verb), deputizes; deputized; deputizing
1. To appoint as a substitute.
2. To act as a substitute.
desensitize (verb), desensitizes; desensitized; desensitizing
To decrease one's physical sensation or feeling, to deaden, or to anesthetize: The doctor was desensitizing Jim's arm before removing the lump that was causing pain.
desynchronize
The opposite or reverse of synchronize.
digitize
1. To convert an image, graph, or other data into digital form for processing on a computer.
2. A device that converts an analog signal into a digital representation of the analog signal.
encodes each sample into a numeric representation of the amplitude value of the sample.
3. A device that converts the position of a point on a surface into digital coordinate data.
4. To manipulate or treat in some way with the fingers: to finger; to point at or count with the fingers.

An analog or analogue signal is any variable signal continuous in both time and amplitude. It differs from a digital signal in that small fluctuations in the signal are meaningful. Analog is usually thought of in an electrical context, however mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and other systems may also use analog signals.

The word "analog" implies an analogy between cause and effect, voltage in and voltage out, current in and current out, sound in and frequency out.

disharmonize, disharmonise (British)
1. To put out of harmony.
2. To destroy the harmony of.
3. To make unharmonious or discordant.
4. To be out of harmony; not to harmonize.
divinize
To deify.
dramatize
1. To make into a drama; that is, to adapt for presentation as a drama.
2. To present or regard in a dramatic or melodramatic way.
electronize
To supply with electronic equipment.
empathize (verb), empathizes; empathized; empathizing
1. To identify with and to understand someone else's feelings or difficulties.
2. To feel empathy with another person or to understand another person's situation, feelings, and motives.
epitomize (verb), epitomizes; epitomized; epitomizing
To give a summary of a written work or some condition: The teacher had the students epitomize Shakespeare's story about "Julius Caesar".

The doctor epitomized his patient's physical illness as being healable and healthy again.

To reduce or to condense to a concise summary.
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exorcize
Another spelling of exorcise which is defined as: to drive out (an evil spirit) from a person or place.

More details are available elsewhere in this unit in the exorcise section.