frac·​tion·​al·​ize ˈfrak-shnə-ˌlīz How to pronounce fractionalize (audio)
fractionalized; fractionalizing

transitive verb

: to break up into parts or sections
ˌfrak-shnə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce fractionalize (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The trend toward fractional trading also comes at a time when stock splits—when companies with high share prices fractionalize shares to more affordable levels—have fallen out of favor (Apple is one outlier, having split its stock several times). Lucinda Shen, Fortune, 2 June 2020

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Word History


fractional + -ize

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fractionalize was in 1924

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“Fractionalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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