Adjective "fertilize" definition and examples

(Fertilize may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Cause (an egg, female animal, or plant) to develop a new individual by introducing male reproductive material.
  1. 'What we found was that in general, the sperm was much less able to fertilise the eggs from female fish than the sperm from normal male fish would be, and we had a kind of sliding scale of effects.'
  2. 'Reef fishes are egg-layers, and the eggs are externally fertilized by the male parent.'
  3. 'The male will follow behind the female and fertilize the eggs as they are laid.'
  4. 'Shinohara and his colleagues used a recently developed technique called in vitro microinsemination to fertilize rat eggs with mouse-grown rat sperm.'
  5. 'After this process is complete a male bull trout (usually only one) will fertilize eggs deposited by the female.'
  6. 'The male then fertilizes the eggs and the female keeps them in her mouth for a few days until they hatch, thus earning the epithet mouth-brooder.'
  7. 'In desperation, Wood thought of trying to fertilise human eggs inside animals, where he hoped the biological environment would be better for the eggs.'
  8. 'This procedure is repeated until all the eggs are laid, with the male looping himself round the female each time to fertilize the eggs as she lays them.'
  9. 'If they are able to find sperm in a frozen mammoth carcass, they will try to take the nucleus from mammoth sperm and use it to fertilize an elephant egg in vitro.'
  10. 'The female needs a male to fertilize her egg, even though it is she who carries offspring through pregnancy and childbirth.'
Make (soil or land) more fertile or productive by adding suitable substances to it.
  1. 'They had to work out how they'd control weeds and insects, how they'd water the crop in a drought, and to start with, how they'd fertilise the soil.'
  2. 'While the floods are drowning crops and livestock, and damaging property, they are also fertilising the soil in the form of silt.'
  3. 'The compost can be used as mulch around plants, as a top dressing over your lawn which can fertilise the soil, or as a soil improver in vegetable or flower beds.'
  4. 'They may also indicate that you are fertilizing the soil too much.'
  5. 'The soil was well fertilized and was watered regularly.'
  6. 'She prepared the nursery herself and used material like gypsum and neem cake (made with neem seeds) to fertilize the land.'
  7. 'Soils may harbor 50 to 500 earthworms per square meter; they keep soils aerated, and their castings fertilize the soil.'
  8. 'At the end of the nineteenth century, burning forest biomass to clear land and fertilize the soil was used only occasionally on the Continent.'
  9. 'The compost will fertilize the soil as well as providing a layer of mulch to keep the soil moist.'
  10. 'What we should see at this time of year are fields of maize about 1ft high and tractors fertilising the land.'

More definitions

1. Biology. to render (the female gamete) capable of development by uniting it with the male gamete. to fecundate or impregnate (an animal or plant).

2. to make fertile; enrich: to fertilize farmland.

3. to make productive.

More examples(as adjective)

"embryos can be fertilize."