Meaning of fertilizer in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfəːtɪlʌɪzə/

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(also British fertiliser)
  • A chemical or natural substance added to soil or land to increase its fertility.

    ‘sewage sludge could be a valuable fertilizer for use in British forests’
    • ‘The only way to be a successful farmer is to use lots of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.’
    • ‘Besides this, chemical fertilizers and pesticides were often doing more harm than good.’
    • ‘Give fruit trees and bushes a topdressing of organic fertiliser, or a mulch of well-rotted compost or manure.’
    • ‘Compost, liquid fertilizers and organic fertilizers are alternatives that can be used.’
    • ‘So, we bought more land, spread more fertilizers, and increased our herds in size and number.’
    • ‘This year we will compare the results of crops grown with rock dust, manure, chemical fertilisers and an unfertilised control.’
    • ‘In modern sugar cane farming, chemical fertilizers and pesticides are used to grow the sugar cane plants.’
    • ‘Toxic pesticides and chemical fertilisers we use in our agricultural fields ultimately reach our waters and pollute them.’
    • ‘These crops need heavy inputs of pesticides and chemical fertilisers.’
    • ‘Organic food is grown without chemical pesticides or fertilizers.’
    • ‘And we all already know about the damage caused by fertilisers, pesticides, chemicals in our food, and fishing these days.’
    • ‘He doesn't use pesticides, or chemical fertilisers; he keeps a few bees to pollinate the flowers.’
    • ‘Organic food is produced without the chemical fertilisers and pesticides used in conventional food production.’
    • ‘But I also like to know that it's been grown without chemicals and pesticides and fertilisers.’
    • ‘One of the problems was that the super yields were obtained at a cost regarding the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.’
    • ‘He criticised modern methods of cultivation and pointed out that the use of chemical fertilisers had affected soil fertility.’
    • ‘After the war, farmers became much more heavily reliant on the use of fertilisers and pesticides, rather than manure and compost, he says.’
    • ‘Fishmeal and other fish-based fertilisers also supply valuable trace elements.’
    • ‘This will oblige hundreds of farmers to limit their use of chemical fertilisers and animal manure.’
    • ‘These specialized fertilizers include compost and processed animal manure pellets.’
    plant food, dressing
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