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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)

Full Definition of polarize

po·lar·izedpo·lar·iz·ing

  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

po·lar·iz·abil·i·ty play \ˌpō-lə-ˌrī-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
po·lar·iz·able play \ˌpō-lə-ˈrī-zə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of polarize

  1. The war has polarized the nation.

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



Origin of polarize

French polariser, from New Latin polaris polar


First Known Use: 1811

Rhymes with polarize

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Medical Dictionary

polarize

verb po·lar·ize

Medical Definition of polarize

po·lar·ized also British po·lar·isedpo·lar·iz·ing also British po·lar·is·ing

  1. transitive verb

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

  3. 2:  to give physical polarity to

  4. intransitive verb

  5. :  to become polarized



Variants of polarize

also British po·lar·ise \ˈpō-lə-ˌrīz\play


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