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polarize

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verb po·lar·ize \ˈpō-lə-ˌrīz\

Simple Definition of polarize

  • : to cause (people, opinions, etc.) to separate into opposing groups

  • physics : to cause (something, such as light waves) to vibrate in a particular pattern

  • physics : to cause (something) to have positive and negative charges : to give polarity to (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of polarize

polarized

polarizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause (as light waves) to vibrate in a definite pattern

  3. 2 :  to give physical polarity to

  4. 3 :  to break up into opposing factions or groupings <a campaign that polarized the electorate>

  5. 4 :  concentrate 1 <recreate a cohesive rock community by polarizing … an amorphous, fragmented audience — Ellen Willis>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to become polarized

polarizability

play \ˌpō-lə-ˌrī-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

polarizable

play \ˌpō-lə-ˈrī-zə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of polarize in a sentence

  1. The war has polarized the nation.

  2. The current debate polarizes along lines of class and race.



Origin and Etymology of polarize

French polariser, from New Latin polaris polar


First Known Use: 1811


Medical Dictionary

polarize

verb po·lar·ize

Medical Definition of polarize

polarized

also British

polarised

;

polarizing

also British

polarising

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to cause (as light waves) to vibrate in a definite pattern

  4. 2:  to give physical polarity to

  5. intransitive verb

  6. :  to become polarized



Variants of polarize

also British

polarise

\ˈpō-lə-ˌrīz\play


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