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fossilize

fos·sil·ize

fossilize

pronunciation:
fa s laIz
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: fossilized, fossilizes, fossilizing
definition 1: to make into a fossil by replacing organic matter with mineral substances.
definition 2: to make hardened, rigid, or outmoded as though turned to stone, esp. a person's ideas or attitudes.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become, or become like, a fossil.
derivation: fossilization (n.)
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The word fossilize contains the following part:
-ize, -ise Greek verb-forming suffix that means to turn into or cause to be
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The suffix -ize , -ise forms transitive verbs from adjectives (civilize ) and nouns (crystallize ). The oldest English verbs ending in -ize were loanwords from Greek (baptize , catechize ).