Meaning of FOSSILIZE in English

ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌlīz verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Usage: see -ize

Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary fossil (I) + -ize

transitive verb

1. : to turn into a fossil

their fossilized remains, recovered from some limestone that they helped to build, are often wonderfully attractive — W.E.Swinton

2. : to preserve as if in fossil form : make outmoded, rigid, or fixed

“no” as clearly stamps one as retrogressive, fossilized, probably isolationist or worse — Irving Kolodin

intransitive verb

: to become changed into a fossil

not all plant materials fossilize equally well — Science News Letter

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.