dichotomize

verb

di·​chot·​o·​mize dī-ˈkä-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce dichotomize (audio)
 also  də-
dichotomized; dichotomizing

transitive verb

: to divide into two parts, classes, or groups
dichotomization noun

Examples of dichotomize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lyle: What was really important for us with Lottie is that there’s a tendency to want to dichotomize characters in television and film into protagonists and antagonists, or heroes and villains. Kate Aurthur, Variety, 24 Mar. 2023 Worse examples: resystematize, transparentize, essentialize, rightsize, dichotomize. Gary Gilson, Star Tribune, 10 Oct. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

dichotomy + -ize

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of dichotomize was in 1606

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“Dichotomize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dichotomize. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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