To fertilize something is to add nutrients to it so that it can grow. You can fertilize a plant with dirt, water, or fertilizer.

  • The plants in the garden were fertilized with dirt.

  • The plants in the garden were fertilized with water.

  • The plants in the garden were fertilized with fertilizer.

Definition of fertilize


introduce semen into (a female)


fecundate, fertilise, inseminate


make fertile or productive


fecundate, fertilise


provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to


feed, fertilise

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Example Sentences for fertilize

  • 1

    That was able to successfully fertilize eggs to produce early embryos.

  • 2

    It means the prevention of fertilization.

  • 3

    The male then fertilizes the eggs.

  • 4

    The soil is alluvial and fertile.

  • 5

    The soil is remarkably fertile.

  • 6

    You should fertilize your orchid twice a month with a soluble orchid fertilizer.

  • 7

    After fertilization the embryogenesis starts.

  • 8

    By the way, is the egg on the left fertilized

  • 9

    It is used as a desiccant, a catalyst, and as fertilizer.

  • 10

    Fecundation is another term for fertilization.