-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
To take military troops out of active service; typically, at the end of a war: Jim was a veteran who was demobilized, or released, from military duty at the end of World War II which was a war that lasted from 1939 to 1945.
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
To reduce an odor; especially, of offensive or bad odors: Marilyn had her carpet cleaned and deodorized after spilling a pot of soup on the dining-room floor.
deputize (verb), deputizes; deputized; deputizing
To give someone the authority to take the place of another person and so to function as a substitute: At some hospitals, they have a system that deputizes the nurses to perform some of the same duties as the physicians.
desensitize (verb), desensitizes; desensitized; desensitizing
To decrease one's physical sensation or feeling, to deaden, or to anesthetize parts of the body: The doctor was desensitizing Jim's arm before removing the lump that was causing him so much pain.
desynchronize (verb), desynchronizes, desynchronized, desynchronizing
Doing what is the opposite or reverse of synchronize: To desynchronize is to prevent things from being done at the same time and speed, for example, the mechanics at Tom's local automobile shop automatically take care of the various vehicles at different times.
digitize (verb), digitizes, digitized, digitizing
1. To convert an image, a graph, or other data into information for processing on a computer.
2. To manipulate or to treat in some way with the fingers by pointing at or counting with them.
disharmonize (verb), disharmonizes, disharmonized, disharmonizing
To make an agreement that often causes unhappiness or trouble: Financial problems are often disharmoning people: such as, when a husband and a wife do not agree about how to spend their financial income.
divinize (verb), divinizes, divinized, divinizing
To deify or to make godly as a result of treating someone like a god or goddess: Some people divinize certain politicians, entertainers, or friends as a reason to enjoy their existence.
dramatize (verb), dramatizes, dramatized, dramatizing
1. To produce a book, an event, an activity, etc. into a play, a movie, a television show, etc.: The book that Sam was reading has been dramatized or turned into special dramas on TV.
2. To make a situation seem to be more important or serious than it really is: Adam said that he knows that he might be dramatizing what happened with his car at the parking lot when he was shopping; however, it really was awful to see the dent that someone made on his car while he was in the store.
electronize (verb), electronizes, electronized, electronizing
To supply with electronic equipment: One of the most important parts of constructing living places for people is to electronize the apartments, or houses.
empathize (verb), empathizes; empathized; empathizing
To understand another person's situations, feelings, and difficulties: When Elizabeth could not complete her assignment on time at work, her co-workers empathized with her and helped her get it done as expected by her supervisor.
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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exorcise (verb), exorcises, exorcised, exorcising
A reference to forcing an evil spirit to leave someone or people: Jim was watching a movie about a priest who was trying to exorcise a demon from a young girl.

Last Sunday, a preacher was striving to exorcise, or to drive out evil spirits, from all of his church attendees with prayers to God.