(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.

To treat with acid, to acidify; specifically, to apply acid to an oil (or other) well in order to neutralize the lime.
To make a surgical operation or excision of one (unilateral adrenalectomy) or both (bilateral adrenalectomy) adrenal glands.
aestheticize (verb), aestheticizes; aestheticized; aestheticizing
To render responsive, agreeable, or refined taste for an idealized or artistic method: With fresh paint and wall paper, Barbara aestheticized her drab living room.
aggrandize (verb), aggrandizes; aggrandized; aggrandizing
1. To enhance or to increase power, reputation, prestige, or stature: Being elected to the highest office of the land certainly aggrandized the sense of importance for Frank's uncle.
2. To exaggerate or to embellish an accomplishment: When describing the fish that he caught, Morgan's nephew, Mike, tends to aggrandize the length and weight of the fish.
To make something great or greater than it actually is.
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To embellish or aggrandize something.
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To exaggerate.
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1. To make convulsive efforts; struggle.
2. To be in agony; to be in great pain.
3. To contend in the arena; to struggle or strive in physical exercise; to wrestle.
alcoholize (noun), alcoholizes; alcoholized; alcoholizing
1. To treat or infuse with alcohol; such as, alcoholizing fruit.
2. To transform into alcohol; to make alcoholic, as by fermenting: "to alcoholize prunes".
1. To put in alphabetical order.
2. To express by or to furnish with an alphabet or with alphabetic symbols.
amortize, amortise
1. To deaden, to render as if dead, to destroy.
2. To reduce a debt by making payments against the principal balance in installments or regular transfers.
3. To write off the cost of an asset over a period of time in a statement of accounts.
anabaptize (verb), anabaptizes; anabaptized; anabaptizing
To baptize again or to re-baptize.
To put into a wrong chronological position; to transfer to a different time.
anaesthetize, anesthetize (verb); anaesthetizes, anesthetizes; anaesthetized, anesthetized; anaesthetizing, anesthetizing
To administer medications to a person, or animal, that is designed to render the recipient insensible and unaware of any pain: Angela, the nurse, used an alcohol swab to clean Marie's skin before using an injection to anesthetize her.
1. To transpose so as to form an anagram; to change into another word or phrase by a different arrangement of letters.
2. To make an anagram of a word or phrase.
anathematize, anathematizes; anathematized; anathematizing (verbs)
1. To formally curse, to denounce, or to excommunicate someone or something.
2. To curse or to declare to be evil or anathema or to threaten with divine punishment.
anesthetize (verb), anesthetizes; anesthetized; anesthetizing
To place someone under the effects or influences of drugs that are designed to put a patient to "sleep" and to be unaware of pain during surgery: With the administration of a drug, Dr. Black was anesthetizing Glenda prior to the operation.