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

Other Words from motorize

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

Examples of motorize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The movement to motorize kayaks started with shade tree engineers rigging their kayaks with all manner of motors. Field & Stream, 19 Mar. 2021 The best way to motorize a kayak inexpensively is with a transom-mount trolling motor. Field & Stream, 19 Mar. 2021 Across the bay in Oakland, protesters gathered with vehicles, motorized and human-powered, for a caravan. Michael Cabanatuan,, 1 May 2020 The peaceful lakes themselves are open for non-motorized craft. Cameron Sullivan, The Mercury News, 30 Aug. 2019 The Snowbowl road, also known as Forest Road 516, is closed to motorized traffic with a gate 1 mile north of its intersection with U.S. 180. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, 27 Mar. 2020 Replace your existing deadbolt lock this motorized smart deadbolt, which connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Popular Science, 31 Jan. 2020 Even better was the fact that the partition was motorized, allowing for Porter to open and close his own personal curtain without touching them. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 27 Jan. 2020 The third version of its motorized VertDesk can lift up to 275 pounds—enough to handle a multidisplay workstation, heaps of external storage, and a few potted aeschynanthuses. Michael Calore, Wired, 21 Jan. 2020

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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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“Motorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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