- -ize [īz][ME -isen < OFr -iser < LL -izare < Gr -izein] suffix forming verbs1. to cause to be or become; make conform with or resemble; make [democratize, Americanize]2. to become, become like, or change into [crystallize]3. to subject to, treat with, or combine with [oxidize, galvanize]4. to engage in; act in a (specified) way [soliloquize, theorize]
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.