from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- suffix Variant of -ize.
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- 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).
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)