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[win-tuh-rahyz] /ˈwɪn təˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), winterized, winterizing.
to prepare (an automobile, house, etc.) for cold weather by (in automobiles) adding antifreeze and changing oil or (in houses) adding insulation, heating units, etc.
verb (used without object), winterized, winterizing.
to winterize an automobile, house, etc.
Origin of winterize
1925-30; winter + -ize
Related forms
winterization, noun
winterizer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for winterize
  • Drivers are encouraged to follow these tips to winterize vehicles:.
  • The following information gives specific tips to winterize your vessel in an environmentally sensitive manner.
  • winterize your vehicle now, before winter weather threatens.
  • Here are a few items that you should pay special attention to as you winterize your vehicle.
  • winterize your home to extend the life of your fuel supply.
  • Some items you can check yourself, but it is best to have a mechanic inspect and winterize your vehicle for you.
  • winterize a seasonal home or part of an existing structure, such as finishing a room over a garage.
  • Fully check and winterize your vehicle before the winter season begins.
  • It is also important to check and winterize your vehicles before the winter season begins.
  • winterize outside faucets and landscape irrigation systems as necessary.
British Dictionary definitions for winterize


(transitive) (US & Canadian) to prepare (a house, car, etc) to withstand winter conditions
Derived Forms
winterization, winterisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for winterize

1938, on model of earlier summerize (1935); from winter (n.) + -ize. Related: Winterized; winterizing.

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