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polarize

verb po·lar·ize \ˈpō-lə-ˌrīz\

: 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)

po·lar·izedpo·lar·iz·ing

Full Definition of POLARIZE

transitive verb
1
:  to cause (as light waves) to vibrate in a definite pattern
2
:  to give physical polarity to
3
:  to break up into opposing factions or groupings <a campaign that polarized the electorate>
4
:  concentrate 1 <recreate a cohesive rock community by polarizing … an amorphous, fragmented audience — Ellen Willis>
intransitive verb
:  to become polarized
po·lar·iz·abil·i·ty \ˌpō-lə-ˌrī-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
po·lar·iz·able \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

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Medical Dictionary

polarize

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

Medical Definition of POLARIZE

transitive verb
1
:  to cause (as light waves) to vibrate in a definite pattern
2
:  to give physical polarity to
intransitive verb
:  to become polarized

Variants of POLARIZE

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

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