mo·​tor·​ize | \ ˈmō-tə-ˌrīz How to pronounce motorize (audio) \
motorized; motorizing

Definition of motorize

transitive verb

1 : to equip with a motor
2 : to equip with motor vehicles

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motorization \ ˌmō-​tə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce motorization (audio) \ noun

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Hikers and walkers are at the mercy of bike riders, whether they are motorized or not. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Doing the math while debating teachers’ salaries (9/8/19)," 8 Sep. 2019 The monitor arm that holds up to three displays isn’t motorized anymore, but the Thronos picked up massage capabilities, so that’s a net win in my book. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Acer unveils a hulking $14,000 gaming cockpit, a 300Hz Predator laptop, and more at IFA," 4 Sep. 2019 Now, the Trump campaign has at least 80 people on staff and its Virginia headquarters is located in a former hedge fund space with sprawling panoramic views and motorized standing desks, a far cry from those early days in midtown Manhattan. NBC News, "Four years later: Trump's 2020 campaign is more traditional but still familiar," 16 June 2019 Adams is also partial to automated features like motorized hanging rods that can move up and down with the press of a button or a carousel-style shoe organizer. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "How Closet Designer Lisa Adams Dreams Up Celebrity-Worthy Spaces," 1 July 2019 Flush with surplus Army vehicles, the War Department intended to send a first-of-its-kind motorized expedition from the District of Columbia to San Francisco., "America’s military accomplished an amazing feat 100 years ago -- driving across country," 7 July 2019 Hey, one of the country's longest non-motorized, single-track trails. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2019," 6 June 2019 Lawn mowers are particularly important to check, along with your non-motorized equipment like rakes, hedge clippers, hoses, et cetera. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for Spring," 25 Feb. 2019 These are your scrubs (apricot, sugar, salt, and bead varieties) and brushes (motorized or other types) that physically remove dead skin cells from your face. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "This Is How Often You Should Actually Exfoliate Your Face," 22 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of motorize

circa 1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of motorize was circa 1913

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