-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.

sudation
1. The action or process of sweating.
2. The process of the sweat glands of the skin secreting a salty fluid: "Perspiration is a homeostatic process."
3. The discharge of water and substances in solution; as through pores; perspiration, sweating, diaphoresis, and hidrosis.
sudorification
Sweat, perspiration.
suffixation (s) (noun), suffixations (pl)
The formation of a word with an attachment at the end of a verbal element or word stem: Tommy learned how to useĀ suffixations as he produced new and interesting terms for his short essay; for example, using an ed on some verbs to form past tenses or using ness at the end of some adjectives to form nouns.
suffocation
1. The state of being choked by obstruction of air passages by drowning, smothering, throttling, or inhalation of noxious gases.
2. The prevention of breathing, usually by the obstruction of the nose, mouth, or trachaea.

Synonyms include:

  • Asphyxiation, smothering, stifling; choking, strangulation, garroting.
  • To suppress, to quell, to put down, to subdue, to overcome, to extinguish, to dampen, to snuff out.
summation (s) (noun), summations (pl)
1. The final summing-up of an argument in a court of law.
2. A summary of something that has been said or written.
3. A total amount or aggregate of something.
4. The process of adding something up to find a total.
5. Etymology: from Modern Latin summationem, summatio, "an adding up" from Late Latin summatus and summare, "to sum up" from Latin summa with the use of the feminine of summus, "highest".
superalimentation
The act of overfeeding, or making one take food in excess of the natural appetite for it.
superannuation
1. The act of superannuating, or too old for office or business; the state of being disqualified by old age; decrepitude.
2. The state of being superannuated.
3. A pension or allowance to a superannuated person.
supercavitation
The use of cavitation effects to create a large bubble of gas inside a liquid, allowing an object to travel at great speed through the liquid by being wholly enveloped by the bubble.

The cavity (the bubble) reduces the drag on the object and this makes supercavitation an advantageous technology

supererogation (s) (noun), supererogations (pl)
1. The performance of work above and beyond what is required or expected: Jim spent a supererogation of over-time work for the project he was supposed to complete in a shorter period.
2. An excess or overabundance, a profusion, or a surplus: If Jeff keeps saying that supererogation so often, there are those who believe that he should have a gag placed in his mouth.

James contributed some of his supererogation to the food bank to help the poor families in town. 3. Etymology: from Latin super, "above, over" + erogare, "pay out"; from ex-, "out" + rogare, "to ask, to request".

superlactation
Lactation (secretion of milk) in a greater than normal amount or for a longer than usual period.
superovulation
1. The production of mature ova at an accelerated rate or in a large number at one time.
2. The stimulation of multiple ovulations with fertility drugs.
3. Extraordinary acceleration of ovulation, producing a greater than normal number of ova, usually as a result of the administration of exogenous gonadotropins.
4. Stimulation of multiple ovulation with fertility drugs; also known as controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH).
supersaturation
1. The production of a solution, usually by evaporation of a solvent; which is more concentrated than one in equilibrium with pure solute.
2. An amount of a substance greater than that required for saturation as a result of having been cooled from a higher temperature to a temperature below that at which saturation occurs.
supination
1. Rotation of the forearm and hand so that the palm faces forward or upward and the radius lies parallel to the ulna; also, a corresponding movement of the foot and leg.
2. The act of assuming the supine position, or the state of being supine.

Applied to the hand, the act of turning the palm forward (anteriorly) or upward, performed by lateral rotation of the forearm.

Applied to the foot, it generally implies movements resulting in raising of the medial margin of the foot, hence of the longitudinal arch.

supplementation
supplication (suhp" li KAY shuhn) (s) (noun), supplications (pl)
The act of begging or earnestly asking for something.