-ize or -ise
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.
3. To treat according to or practice the method of: pasteurize.
4. To become; become like: materialize.
5. To perform, engage in, or produce: botanize.
[Middle English -isen, from Old French -iser, from Late Latin -izāre, from Greek -izein, v. suff.]
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