(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.

militarize (verb), militarizes; militarized; militarizing
1. To equip or train someone or group of people for war.
2. To convert something such as a piece of land or a building for soldiers to use.
3. To persuade somebody to support a policy of aiding and promoting the armed forces.

War is the science of destruction.

—John Abbott
mobilize (verb), mobilizes; mobilized; mobilizing
To activate, assemble for action, or to put into motion: The leader of Mike's country may have to mobilize his military forces to defend against a possible attack by another nation.
To prepare oneself for action to take place.
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modernize (noun), modernizes; modernized; modernizing
1. To make new in appearance, style, or character; to update.
2. To change something in order to make it conform to present-day tastes, attitudes, or standards, or to be changed in this way.
3. To accept or to adopt to current ways, ideas, or style.
monetize (verb), monetizes; monetized; monetizing
1. To establish as legal tender.
2. To coin (money)
3. To convert (government debt) from securities into currency that can be used to purchase goods and services.
monopolize (verb), monopolizes; monopolized; monopolizing
1. To have complete control of an industry or service and prevent other companies or people from participating or competing in it: The firm monopolized the import of bananas so that other smaller firms didn't have a chance to sell them at all!
2. By extension, to demand or take all of something; such as, someone's time, attention, or affection: Little Jimmy loved swinging in the garden and didn't let his sister swing at all and therefore he monopolised the swing completely!
To have exclusive dominance of.
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1. To counterbalance or to counteract the effect of something.
2. To make something ineffective, especially by removing its ability to act as a threat or obstacle; such as, to destroy a bomb or a threatening military target.

To destroy or to reduce the effectiveness of enemy military personnel and materiel by gunfire, bombing, or any other means.

3. To render a chemical substance as neither an acid nor an alkaline (pH of 7).
4. To nullify the oscillation-producing voltage feedback from the output to the input of an amplifier through tube interelectrode capacitances.

An external feedback path is used to produce at the input a voltage that is equal in magnitude but opposite in phase to that fed back through the interelectrode capacitance.

5. In optics, to place a lens in contact with other lenses of equal and opposite power so that the combination has zero power.
normalize (verb), normalizes; normalized; normalizing
1. To make something, or someone, conform to a standard: The chief administrator at the school, Mr. Barrett, tried to normalize the school day by developing a system of in class and out of class activities.
2. To make regular; especially, to cause someone to respond to a standard: Dr. Jones tried to normalize Janet's body temperature.
3. To make a text or language regular and consistent; especially, with respect to spelling or style: Using compatible dictionaries helped Kitty Hawk normalize her writing skills to meet the expectations of her editor.
4. To heat steel above a specific temperature and then to cool it in order to reduce internal stress: Helmut, the foreman at the foundry, was intent on normalizing the steel that was to be used for the construction of the bridge.
optimize (verb), optimizes; optimized; optimizing
1. In computer technology, to design a program or system so as to minimize the processing time or the cost and to maximize throughput or efficiency.
2. To make transformations to a program; for example, to form a program produced by a compiler or programmer, in order to make its efficiency better.
1. To oversee the coordination of the various elements of something.
2. To apply or to impose efficient working methods in order to work effectively, or to make someone else work effectively.
ostracize (verb), ostracizes; ostracized; ostracizing
1. To exclude, shun, or to banish someone from a group: After Henry made so many vulgar remarks, he was ostracized as a talk-show host.
2. To avoid speaking to or associating with someone: After the critical remarks were made by the member of the committee, Janet was ostracized from the project by the group.

When a person is ostracized in the business or social world, he or she may be said to have received the "cold shoulder" and the former associates will have nothing to do with him or her.

3. Etymology: from the Greek word ostrakon, "a tile" and these tiles were used in ancient Athens as ballots for voting. When it was feared that a Greek leader had become so powerful as to endanger the liberty of the state, he could by vote of the citizens be sent into banishment for a stated time.

To restrict someone from social gatherings.
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patronize, patronizes; patronized; patronizing (verbs)
1. To treat someone as if he or she were less intelligent or knowledgeable than yourself.
2. To be a regular customer of a particular store or business.
3. To give money or other material support to someone or something, especially in the arts.
plagiarize (PLAY juh righz") (verb), plagiarizes; plagiarized; plagiarizing
1. To use and to pass off the ideas or writings of someone else claiming them as one's own: Many dictionaries seem to be plagiarizing the definitions of each other because so many of them have exactly the same contents and wording.
2. Etymology: from Latin plagium, "kidnapping" then it became "literally thief".
To steal and pass off ideas and writings of another as one's own creations.
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