Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix Variant of -ize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix Used to form verbs from nouns or adjectives, the verbs having the sense of “to make what is denoted by the noun or adjective”.
  • suffix Forming abstract nouns of quality or function.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See -ize.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of ice.
  • n. A vulgar colloquialism in Scotland and the northern part of England for I shall.
  • n. A vulgar contraction for I is, as used for I am, by negroes and others in the southern United States.
  • n. A termination of French origin, as in merchandise: also spelled -ice, as in cowardice, and formerly -ize, as in hazardize, etc.
  • n. A termination of some verbs of French origin, equivalent to and of the same origin as -ish, as in advertise, divertise, franchise, enfranchise, etc. It merges with -ise, equivalent to -ize.
  • n. A termination of verbs, more usually spelled -ize (which see).

Etymologies

From French -iser, from Latin -izāre, from Ancient Greek -ιζειν (-izein). See also: the usage notes. (Wiktionary)
From Old French -ise, from Latin ītia. (Wiktionary)

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