-ation, -ization (-iz[e] + -ation); -isation (British spelling variation)

(Greek > Latin: a suffix; action, act, process, state, or condition; or result of doing something)

Although there are over 1,450 word entries ending with -ation or -ization listed in this unit, there are certainly many more which exist in the English language. At any rate, this unit provides a significant number of -ation and -ization examples for you to see.

articulation (s) (noun), articulations (pl)
1. The act of vocal expressions, utterances or enunciations: Sharon expressed an articulation of her classes sentiments to the English teacher.
2. The act or manner of producing a speech sound; especially, a consonant.
3. In anatomy, a fixed or movable joint between bones, or a movable joint between inflexible parts of the body of an animal.
4. In botany, a joint between two separable parts: There are articulations of leaves and a stem or a node or a space on a stem.
5. Etymology: from about 1541, "the action of bending the joints", from Old French articulation, from Middle Latin articulationem, articulatio, from articulatus, the past particple of articulare, "to separate (meat) into joints"; also "to utter distinctly", from articulus, diminutive of artus, "joint". Articulate, as a verb, in the sense of "divide (vocal sounds) into distinct and significant parts" is first recorded in 1594; then it was generalized into the sense of "express in words" from about 1691.
artificial hibernation (s) (noun), artificial hibernations (pl)
1. A deep stupor or unconsciousness and reduced organic activity resembling the natural state of motionless exhibited by certain animal species during winter: One use of artificial hibernation is the therapeutically produced medical condition that is caused by the use of drugs alone or drugs and hypothermia which greatly reduces the metabolic state (body activities) during surgical procedures; such as, open heart surgery.
2. The act of retiring into quiescence: The author emerged from his artificial hibernation to produce his first book after several years.
3. A condition of the retarded vital activity of an organism in warm-blooded animals, including humans, which is created in a simulated way, similar to the condition of an organism during the winter: Artificial hibernation can be created through nerve-blocking techniques which stop the neural and endocrine mechanisms of bodily thermoregulation or heat regulation.
asperation (s) (noun), asperations (pl)
The act of making or becoming rough; harsh.
aspiration (s) (noun), aspirations (pl)
1. A strong desire, longing, or aim; an ambition: Mary's studies indicate her intellectual aspirations.
2. A goal or objective desired: The sixteen-year old girl has had aspirations to be a professional golfer ever since she was four-years old.
An ambition or strong wish or desire.
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aspiration, inspiration, perspiration
aspiration (as" puh RAY shuhn) (noun)
1. A strong desire or high ambition; something that a person wants very much to achieve: Opal's aspiration for the future is to become a successful business woman.
2. In linguistics, the act of pronouncing the sound of a breath: The aspiration of the letter "h" as in "a house" is one example of pronouncing aspirated letters.
3. In medicine, removing liquid from a person's body: Amelia was treated with the aspiration of stomach fluids.
4. Breathing something into the lungs: Ken was having problems caused by the aspiration of fluids into his lungs.
inspiration (in" spuh RAY shuhn) (noun)
1. Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or some creative effort or activity: Yvette's early childhood experiences provided the inspiration for her first novel.
2. The act of breathing in, especially the inhalation of air into the lungs: The doctor was trying to help Alison improve her inspiration after years of lung problems.
perspiration (pur" spuh RAY shuhn) (noun)
The fluid, consisting of water with small amounts of urea and salts, which is excreted through the pores of the skin by the sweat glands; sweating: Linda wiped the perspiration from her forehead as she anticipated making her speech to a group of teachers.

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

—Thomas Alva Edison

Dwight told his friend, Doctor Sergeo, that he was an inspiration for him to complete his medical studies after he treated Dwight for the aspiration of fluid into his lungs.

Dr. Sergeo laughed and reminded Dwight that he would have to shed a lot of perspiration and tears during his medical training.

asportation (s) (noun), asportations (pl)
1. The larcenous action whereby a person's property is stolen or illegally carried away: The police officers were investigating the asportation of the office machines that were missing when the office staff came to work the following morning.
2. Etymology: from Latin asportatio, from asportare, "to carry off"; from abs-, "away" + portare, "to carry".
assignation (s) (noun), assignations (pl)
assimilation (s) (noun), assimilations (pl)
1. The process of becoming part of, or more like, something greater.
2. The process in which one group takes on the cultural and other traits of a larger group.
3. The integration of new knowledge or information with what is already known.
4. The process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure.
5. The incorporation of nutrients into the cells and tissues of plants and animals involving digestion, photosynthesis, and root absorption.
6. The changing of a speech sound under the influence of an adjacent sound.
association
1. An organized body of people who have an interest, activity, or purpose in common; such as, a society.
2. A mental connection or relation between thoughts, feelings, ideas, or sensations.
3. A remembered or imagined feeling, emotion, idea, or sensation linked to a person, object, or idea.
4. In chemistry, any of various processes of combination; such as, hydration, solvation, or complex-ion formation; depending on relatively weak chemical bonding.
5. A large number of organisms in a specific geographic area constituting a community with one or two dominant species.
astronavigation
1. The plotting of a flight vehicle's positin fro within the vehicle by means of sighting on celestial objects.
2. The study of UFOLOGY (UFO = Unidentified Flying Objects) and the possibility of living beings traveling between planets and stars.
atmospheric condensation (s) (noun), atmospheric condensations (pl)
The transformation of water in the air from a vapor phase to dew, fog, or a cloud.
atmospheric distillation (s) (noun), atmospheric distillations (pl)
1. A refining process in which crude oil components are separated at atmospheric pressure by heating to temperatures of about 600-750°F and the subsequent condensing of the fractions by cooling.
2. In chemical engineering, a distillation operation conducted at atmospheric pressure, in contrast to vacuum distillation or pressure distillation.
atmospheric general circulation (s) (noun), atmospheric general circulations
Any atmospheric flow used to refer to the general circulation of the earth and regional movements of air around areas of high and low pressure.

On average, this circulation corresponds to large-scale wind systems arranged in several east–west belts that encircle the earth.

atmospheric ionization (s) (noun), atmospheric ionizations (pl)
1. The process by which neutral atmospheric molecules or atoms are rendered electrically charged chiefly by collisions with high-energy particles.
2. The charging of neutral particles in the atmosphere through violent contact with charged particles.
3. The production of ions in the atmosphere by the loss of an electron from a molecule, typically, for example, by cosmic rays or cosmic radiation.

Cosmic rays and radioactive decay are the main sources of atmospheric ionization.

Radioactivity at the surface can also produce ions in the lowest layer of the atmosphere.

atmospheric radiation (s) (noun), atmospheric radiations (pl)
In geophysics, the radiation emitted by the atmosphere either upward into space or downward toward the earth, consisting mainly of long-wavelength terrestrial radiation plus the small amount of short-wavelength solar radiation absorbed in the atmosphere.