ghet·​to·​ize | \ ˈge-tō-ˌīz How to pronounce ghettoize (audio) \
ghettoized; ghettoizing

Definition of ghettoize

transitive verb

: to isolate in or as if in a ghetto

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Other Words from ghettoize

ghettoization \ ˌge-​tō-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce ghettoize (audio) \ noun

Examples of ghettoize in a Sentence

Parts of the city that had been ghettoized are now being restored.
Recent Examples on the Web Unsurprisingly, neighborhoods that were lower income and more heavily populated with people of color — due to decades of redlining and ghettoizing practices — were often denied service by lower-cost haulers and unfairly overpriced by others. Janaé Bates And Ahmed Anshur, Twin Cities, 17 Oct. 2019 For so long, films that depict a reality where whiteness isn’t the default have been ghettoized, marketed largely to audiences of color as niche entertainment, instead of as part of the mainstream. Jamil Smith,, 8 Feb. 2018 Old housing laws that ghettoized minorities and barred them from educational and professional opportunities limited their ability to transcend their economic class -- and have lasting effects, even today. Issac Bailey, CNN, 25 May 2017 Immigrant communities in Europe are much more ghettoized, much less warmly accepted. Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of ghettoize

1939, in the meaning defined above

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“Ghettoize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ghettoize

: to place (someone or something) in a ghetto
: to turn (something) into a ghetto


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