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

Examples of ghettoize in a Sentence

Parts of the city that had been ghettoized are now being restored.

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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,, "Black Panther," 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, "Secretary Carson, you should know better," 25 May 2017 Immigrant communities in Europe are much more ghettoized, much less warmly accepted. Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, "Taking Down Terrorists in Court," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of ghettoize

1939, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ghettoize was in 1939

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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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