Origin of -ize
usage note for -ize
Some words ending in -ize have been widely disapproved in recent years, particularly finalize (first attested in the early 1920s) and prioritize (around 1970). Such words are most often criticized when they become, as did these two, vogue terms, suddenly heard and seen everywhere, especially in the context of advertising, commerce, education, or government—forces claimed by some to have a corrupting influence upon the language. The criticism has fairly effectively suppressed the use of finalize and prioritize in belletristic writing, but the words are fully standard and occur regularly in all varieties of speech and writing, especially the more formal types.
The British spelling, -ise, is becoming less common in British English, especially in technical or formal writing, chiefly because some influential British publishers advocate or have adopted the American form -ize.
Words nearby -ize
How to use -ize in a sentence
A marketing officer at tech startup M-ize in Tampa Bay, Florida, Burke included a picture of a sunset.Slow Roll-out Builds Frenzied Anticipation for Google Glass|Nina Strochlic|May 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
For whatever reason, we and our allies are not engaging these outlets to “Afghan-ize” our message and course corrections.
Roasted Clams With Baconby Julia della Croce The James Beard Award nominee shares her way to bacon-ize classic roasted clams.
Inconsistent hyphenation and inconsistent use of -ise and -ize spellings have been left as in the original.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Some of these foreign elements, like the -ize of materialize or the -able of breakable, are even productive to-day.Language|Edward Sapir
Resolved, as your discriminating good sense perceives, that if you was to have a sap—pur—ize, it should be a complete one!Our Mutual Friend|Charles Dickens
Ize rascelled wid de Almighty 'till my hips was sore, but Ize nebber got it.The Twin Hells|John N. Reynolds
No one can defalcate in this particular; no one can Texas-ize and be quit of his transgressions and his onward travel.