(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.

exorcize (verb), exorcizes, exorcized, exorcizing
Another spelling of exorcise which is defined as to drive out evil spirits from a person, people, or places.
fertilize (verb), fertilizes; fertilized; fertilizing
1. To make an egg, or eggs, able to develop into a living creatures: Mack's hens are sitting on eggs that have been fertilized in order to have baby chicks.
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 (manure, for example) 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.
finalize (verb), finalizes; finalized; finalizing
To end or to complete an undertaking: Sabina is finalizing her plans for an extended leave of absence from her job so she can travel to Europe for two weeks.
fragmentize (verb), fragmentizes; fragmentized; fragmentizing
To break or to cause something to break into pieces: While Samual was helping his mother remove dishes from the dining table after dinner, he accidentally fragmentized a plate on the kitchen floor.
functionalize (verb), functionalizes, functionalized, functionalizing
To make something or someone of practical usage: Adam's poor health has prevented him from being able to functionalize as much as he needs to before he can go back to work.
galvanize (verb), galvanizes, galvanized, galvanizing
1. To stimulate, spur, or to jolt into action: The pollution in the river helped to galvanize the desire for cleaner water.
2. To stimulate by or as if by a galvanic (electrical) current.
3. In medicine, to stimulate or treat muscles or nerves with induced direct current (distinguished from faradize).
4. To startle into sudden activity; to stimulate.
5. To coat metal; especially, iron or steel) with zinc.

Galvanizing steel involves going 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 ir. 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.

—Compiled from excerpts located in
"What is Galvanized Steel?" by S. Mithra; www.wisegeek.com/what-is-galvanized-steel.htm
generalize (verb), generalizes, generalized, generalizing
To make a primary statement or to form the major details about something, rather than any insignificant things: Jim's science teacher was generalizing about the animals which are existing in the forest near his community.
globalize (verb), globalizes, globalized, globalizing
Something made world-wide in scopes, views, or applications: When anyone is globalizing, he or she is extending his or her information to other parts of the world or to all parts of the globe.
herborize (verb), herborizes, herborized, herborizing
To search for existing plants, or new species of herbs, in order to classify them: Paul's botany teacher assigned his students to go out into nearby fields to herborize the vegetation that was growing there.
humanize (verb), humanizes, humanized, humanizing
To make someone, or something, seem to be gentler, kinder, or more appealing to people in general: The new publicity provided by Shareen's company has helped to humanize the long existing establishment and so to make a better commercial existence with the citizens in her town.
hyperbolize (verb), hyperbolizes, hyperbolized, hyperbolizing
To use deliberate and obvious exaggerations about something for effect: Mark obviously hyperbolized about how he was mistreated when he didn't have enough money to pay for all of the books that he wanted to buy from the bookstore.
hyphenize (verb), hyphenizes, hyphenized, hyphenizing
1. Someone who has multiple duties or abilities; such as, "a writer-director", "an actor-model", or "a singer-songwriter".
2. A person whose ethnicity is a multi-word hyphenated term, such as "African-American".
3. A punctuation mark ( - ) which is used between the parts of a compound word, or a name or between the syllables of a word; especially, when it is divided at the end of a line of text.
hypnotize (verb), hypnotizes, hypnotized, hypnotizing
To put someone into a condition that resembles sleep but in which the person can hear and respond to suggestions or questions made by the hypnotist: While she was being hypnotized, Gertrud described the horrible auto accident that she recently experienced.
illegalize (verb), illegalizes, illegalized, illegalizing
To have something illegal is to make it against the law: When Tom's city police set a new curfew, they illegalized children and teenagers being out after certain hours at night without their parents or other adults.

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 is -ize.

immortalize (verb), immortalizes,immortalized, immortalizing
1. To endow with an endless life or to exempt from ever dying: Some writers have immortalized people from the past by presenting their achievements in novels or historical writings.
2. To cause to be remembered or famous forever: There are many characters who exist now and who will be immortalized as a result of what they are doing for other people.