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[kraws-fur-tl-ahyz, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˈfɜr tlˌaɪz, ˈkrɒs-/
verb (used with object), cross-fertilized, cross-fertilizing.
to cause the cross-fertilization of.
verb (used without object), cross-fertilized, cross-fertilizing.
to undergo cross-fertilization.
Also, especially British, cross-fertilise.
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cross-fertilizable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cross-fertilize
  • Instead, he's looking to create and cross-fertilize interesting ventures.
  • Participants worked together to cross-fertilize country-specific approaches and activities.
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration between physics and food science will cross-fertilize these two disciplines.
  • Or parties may simply have scientists with experience, ideas and data that can cross-fertilize one another.
British Dictionary definitions for cross-fertilize


to subject or be subjected to cross-fertilization
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cross-fertilize in Science
The fertilization that occurs when the nucleus of a male sex cell from one individual joins with the nucleus of a female sex cell from another individual. In plants, cross-pollination is an example of cross-fertilization. Also called allogamy. Compare self-fertilization.

cross-fertilize verb
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