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I winterize my car in preparation for the harsh winter. I want to say I summerize my snow blower for summer storage. But "summerize" seems not to be an English word, and in any case, it is homophonous with summarize.

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    Go ahead and use it, in context no one will notice. – Mitch May 25 '15 at 12:40
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    You can certainly overwinter something transitively (things that need to be stored in some special way during the winter months, for example). But intransitive use (Some wealthy pensioners like to overwinter in the Bahamas) is far more common. The same intransitive use does occurs (though far less often) with oversummer. – FumbleFingers May 25 '15 at 12:47
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    But never say never - here's one written instance containing transitive overwinter and oversummer, both in the same sentence. – FumbleFingers May 25 '15 at 12:49
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    Another option is summerify. – ermanen May 25 '15 at 18:00
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    The opposite of hibernate is estivate. It is seldom transitive. – tchrist May 27 '15 at 20:46
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My google dictionary led here:

S: (v) summerize, summerise (prepare for summer) "summerize your car"; "summerize a house"

So I wouldn't throw summerize out the window yet.

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    I'd find it hard to recommend its usage, though. Can you cite a dictionary for it? – user66974 May 25 '15 at 12:32

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