-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.

devastation (s) (noun), devastations (pl)
1. The state, or condition, of being decayed or destroyed: The government officials viewed the devastation of the city from the helicopter as it circled around the area.
2. The feeling of being confounded or overwhelmed: Hank's sudden departure left his family in utter devastation.
3. An event that results in total destruction: It took years for the city to recover from the devastation caused by the hurricane.
4. Plundering with excessive damage and destruction; ravaging: The crowds that gathered as a result of the shooting of a youth got out of control and caused extensive devastations in the city.
5. The ruination, wrecking, obliteration of something to the degree that it cannot be fixed and so it no longer exists: The train wreck and subsequent explosion caused great devastation in the community.
deviation (s) (noun), deviations (pl)
devitalization
1. The deprivation of vitality or life, as of a tissue.
2. Deprivation of vitality (relating to life, either animal or vegetable) or of vital (living) properties.
3. In dentistry, the process by which tooth pulp is destroyed; such as, by chemical means, by infection, or by extirpation (removal).
devolatilization
1. The process of causing (a vapor) to liquefy.
2. Referring to vaporization, liquefication.
3. The removal of volatile material from.

A conversion process of thermal degradation of coal or wood in which the heat is supplied by the combustion of the emerging gases.

dextrogyration
1. Turning to the right or motion to the right; said of movements of the eyes and of the plane of polarization.
2. Turning to the right, as the rotation to the right of the plane of polarization of light in certain crystals and the like.
dextrorotation
diagnostication
dictation (s) (noun), dictations (pl)
1. The pronunciation of words that are to be written down: The teacher checked over the dictation once more to make sure that her English students would be able to understand everything when it was read aloud to them.
2. The activity of taking down a passage that is presented by a teacher as a test of spelling, writing, or language skills: The dictation was presented orally by Mrs. Smith because she had to see how well the students in her class studied their vocabulary lesson!
3. An arbitrary command; the exercise of absolutism: The dictations of her common sense told Sharon to leave the violent area at once!
4. The action of giving orders authoritatively or categorically: The dictations given by the leader of the tour were very strict and left the participants wondering if they were in the right group!
differentiation (s) (noun), differentiations (pl)
Becoming transformed in the course of development which is not the same as others: There are differentiations in the complexities and organizations of cells, tissues, and body organs as they become progressively more specialized in their formations and functions; especially during the embryonic or pre-birth growth.

The differentiation between the pupae and the larva of a butterfly is easy to determine.

By studying his twin sons carefully, Sandy, their father, noticed some differentiations that helped him to distinguish one boy from the other one.

digitalisation, digitalization
The administration of digitalis for the treatment of certain heart disorders.
digitation
1. A division into fingers or fingerlike processes; also, a fingerlike process.
2. A fingerlike process, especially with reference to muscle attachments; such as, those of musculus serratus anterior.
digitization
To put (data, for example) into digital form.
dilapidation (di LAP i day" shuhn) (s) (noun), dilapidations (pl)
The disrepair for which a tenant is usually liable when he or she has agreed to leave a house in good condition: When Jack and Jill moved to a new condo, they had to renew the dilapidations that occurred over the many years that they had lived there.
2. The condition of deterioration or being in a situation of disrepair: The old church was in a state of dilapidation, needing a lot of money and work to fix the walls and the ceiling.
dimidiation
The act of having a division into two equal parts.
dimineralization
A decrease in the mineral content of a tissue.

The term is used primarily to indicate calcium depletion of bone in such conditions as osteoporosis and osteomalacia.