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al·ka·lin·ize

alkalinize

 
pronunciation:
ael k l naIz
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: alkalinizes, alkalinizing, alkalinized
definition 1: to produce an alkali from (a chemical group).
definition 2: to add salt to (soil).
Seawater incursion has alkalinized the farmland, so crops grow poorly.
derivation: alkalinization (n.)