(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.
2. To develop soil, or land, so it is richer and better able to support the growth of plants: In addition to the other farmers, Jeff and Wright fertilize their fields by adding natural substances as manure or special chemicals in order to produce more plants for food.
There was a debate among the farmers, in the town where Jeff and Wright live, about whether to use natural or chemical nutrients to fertilize the soil.3. To make pregnant: Mike owned a famous bull which was hired by other farmers to fertilize the cows so they could bear calves and increase the size of the herds.
2. In medicine, to stimulate or treat muscles or nerves with induced direct current: The therapist galvanized Jim's wrist which had been operated on to help heal the tender scar.
3. To coat metal, especially iron or steel with zinc: Next to the old house Jim could see the old bucket which someone had galvanized a long time ago and which was still quite usable!
To galvanize steel means to go through a chemical process to keep it from corroding. The steel gets coated in layers of zinc because rust won't attack the protective metal. For countless outdoor, marine, or industrial applications, galvanizing steel is an essential fabrication component.
The principal method of making steel resist corrosion is by alloying it with another metal, such as zinc. When steel is submerged in melted zinc, the chemical reaction permanently bonds the zinc to the steel by galvanizing it. The zinc isn't exactly a sealer, like paint, because it doesn't just coat the steel, it actually permanently becomes a part of it.
The zinc goes through a reaction with the iron molecules within the steel to form by galvanizing it. The most external layer is all zinc, but successive layers are a mixture of zinc and iron, with an interior of pure steel. These multiple layers are responsible for the amazing property of the metal to withstand corrosion-inducing circumstances, such as saltwater or moisture. Besides being inexpensive and effective, galvanizing of metal is popular because it can be recycled and reused multiple times.
Your town might illegalize smoking in certain places or your state senators could vote to illegalize dogs and cats fighting each other!
It's considered better grammar to say "to make illegal," or even "to criminalize," because to illegalize is probably known by very few people since it is a relatively new verb that is constructed from illegal, "against the law", and the verb-suffix or ending -ize.
2. To cause to be remembered or to be famous forever: There are many individuals who exist now and who will be immortalized as a result of what they do for other people.
2. To give a person an exemption, or protection, from something that others are subjected to, especially in a criminal matter under investigation: The witness was immunized, or safeguarded, during the police work and inquiry because of a murder that had been committed.