-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.

immunize (verb), immunizes; immunized; immunizing
1. To make someone resistant to a disease; especially, by means of vaccinations: Many people have been immunized against influenza because it can otherwise spread so easily and fast from one person to another; especially, in winter.
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.
To protect someone from infection with a medical inoculation.
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imperialize (verb), imperializes; imperialized; imperializing
To put or to endanger something or someone in a situation that involves possible injury, harm, or even death: Pamela was imperialized when she got into an accident while driving through a dangerous intersection.

People who smoke cigarettes, or cigars, definitely imperialize their health.

Sam told his administrator that he found out that his company was imperializing itself with bad investments.

individualize (verb), individualizes; individualized; individualizing
To make something or someone different from other similar things or situations: Alisa was encouraged to individualize the characters in the novel that she was writing.

It took awhile to achieve, but Roy worked to individualize his web site so it would appeal to more than one age group, including teenagers and older visitors.

jeopardize (verb), jeopardizes; jeopardized; jeopardizing
To threaten, to endanger, or to hazard: Eileen's health has been jeopardized because of poor nutrition.
To <I>jeopardize</I> by risking a loss or by having an injury.
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legitimatize (verb), legitimatizes, legitimatized, legitimatizing
To make something or someone legal, acceptable, or officially proper: Jenifer called her employer to legitimatize her absence from work because she was very sick with influenza.
lexiconize (verb), lexiconizes; lexiconized; lexiconizing
To compile a collection of alphabetized words into the form of a dictionary: John and Virginia have been working together to lexiconize thousands of words for this Word Info site.
liberalize (verb), liberalizes, liberalized, liberalizing
To make something less strict or more willing to accept new ways of behaving or considering new ideas for solutions to achieving objectives: Some countries have been liberalizing their immigration policies; however, President Trump has been more strict about them.
lingualize (verb), lingualizes, lingualized, lingualizing
To form words with the aid of the tongue; especially, the tip: Rodger has trouble lingualizing words that begin with the letter "t" like "take, tooth, top", etc.
macadamize (verb), macadamizes, macadamizing, macadamized
1. To construct or to pave a road with small, broken stones that are bound together with asphalt or tar: Mark Twain was an early advocate of bicycle transportation; for example, he’s quoted in an 1895 edition of Portland’s Oregonian newspaper as suggesting the city macadamize its streets and to purchase bicycles, and rent them out to the citizens.

From Fletcher Moore Twain’s Bike Lessons; "Poets & Writers" (New York); September/October 2011.

2. Etymology: Named after John Loudon McAdam (1756-1836), civil engineer, who pioneered this method of building a road and the word was originally a trademark, coined by combining tar + McAdam.
masculinize (verb), masculinizes, masculinized, masculinizing
To render masculine or more like a boy or a man: James had obviously had the form and appearance a male because he always masculinizes the types of clothing that he wears.
materialize (verb), materializes; materialized; materializing
1. To come into being or to appear suddenly; as if, out of nowhere: A truck suddenly materialized out of the fog on the highway.
2. To become a reality or to become a fact: The military unit found that their support did not materialize as they had expected it would.
3. To cause a supposed ghost or spirit to assume a physical form: While Pete was at the graveyard late one evening, he was shocked to see what he thought was a man materializing out of the fog and walking past him.
To become a fact as expected.
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maximize (verb), maximizes, maximized, maximizing
To increase or to magnify to the greatest degree or amount: Harry's food stores are striving to maximize the sales of their products in order to have more money to establish more stores.
memorize (verb), memorizes; memorized; memorizing
To learn something so well that a person is able to remember it perfectly: Henry memorized his speech before delivering it on TV.

An actor and an actress usually memorize their lines for the various scenes of a drama for an audience or even for movies.

mesmerize (verb), mesmerizes; mesmerized; mesmerizing
1. To have someone's complete attention so he or she cannot think of anything else: When Patty met Sam at the party, he seemed to mesmerize and fascinate her so much that she couldn't take her eyes off of him!
2. To bewitch someone or to put a person into a trance: Dr. Grimms said he could mesmerize, or hypnotise, the patient during the therapeutic session in order to find out what happened at the accident the previous year.
3. Origin of the word: Mesmerize comes from the name of the Austrian physician, Friedrich Anton Mesmer (1733-1815), who was the first to produce examples of hypnotism to the public in Vienna about 1775.
— Based on information from Family Word Finder; The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.; Pleasantville, New York; 1975; page 508.
To hypnotize.
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To hypnotize.
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To charm with music.
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To mentally control. with music.
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metabolize (verb), metabolizes, metabolized, metabolizing
To change food into a form that can be used by a person's body: Eve was cooking a meal for her family that can be easily metabolized by both of her children and the mother and father.

When metabolizing nourishment, the bodies of people and animals are building up new cells and tissues which provide heat and make it possible to engage in physical activities.