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Hua化is a suffix which creates verbs from nouns and adjectives. Semantically, it is equivalent to the English suffix ‘-ize’. For example:

Yang-hua  氧-化 ‘oxygen-ize=oxidize’

Jixie-hua 机械-化 ‘machinery-ize=mechanize’

Reference

Li, C. N., & Thompson, S. A. (1989). Mandarin Chinese: A functional reference grammar (Vol. 3). Univ of California Press.

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