- to cause to be or become; make conform with or resemble; make: democratize, Americanize
- to become, become like, or change into: crystallize
- to subject to, treat with, or combine with: oxidize, galvanize
- to engage in; act in a (specified) way: soliloquize, theorize
Origin of -izeMiddle English -isen from Old French -iser from Late Latin -izare from Classical Greek -izein
- a. To cause to be or to become: dramatize.b. To cause to conform to or resemble: Hellenize.c. To treat as: idolize.
- a. To treat or affect with: anesthetize.b. To subject to: tyrannize.
- To treat according to or practice the method of: pasteurize.
- To become; become like: materialize.
- To perform, engage in, or produce: botanize.
Origin of -izeMiddle English -isen from Old French -iser from Late Latin -izāre from Greek -izein v. suff.
- The suffix -ize has historically been used on words originating from Greek. -ise was used, especially as -vise, -tise, -cise, and -prise, on words that come from various roots (usually via French). In the 19th century, it became common in the United Kingdom (due to French influence) to use -ise also on words that had historically been spelled -ize. -ize remains, however, the spelling used by the influential Oxford University Press; it has also always been the spelling used in the United States and Canada.
From Middle English -isen (“-ise, -ize”), from Old French -iser (“-ize”), from Latin -izāre (“-ize”), from Ancient Greek -ίζειν (-izein), from Proto-Indo-European *-idyé- (verbal suffix). Cognate with Gothic [script?] (-itjan, verbal suffix), Old High German -izzen (verbal suffix), Old English -ettan (verbal suffix). Also see notes.
ize - Computer Definition
An earlier DOS text management system that was noted for its flexible searching capabilities. Originally developed by Persoft Corporation, it was acquired by Retrieval Dynamics in 1990, which later closed its doors.