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Ultimately from Latin suffix -izāre, itself from Ancient Greek -ίζειν ‎(-ízein); found only in words borrowed from other languages (compare English -ize, -ise, French -iser, Spanish, Portuguese -izar, Italian -izzare), German -isieren, Russian -изировать ‎(-izirovatʹ)).



  1. Usually added to foreign nouns or adjectives to form verbs with the sense "to make (something) be (what is denoted by the original noun or adjective)".

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