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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Other Words from motorize

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

Examples of motorize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For units that were barely motorized, and lacked sufficient fuel—horses were the main mode of transportation—travelling so far must have been extremely arduous. Haruki Murakami, The New Yorker, "Abandoning a Cat," 30 Sep. 2019 Organizers said the route will be accessible to people who use motorized and nonmotorized mobility vehicles, as well as strollers. Jessica Lee, The Seattle Times, "Thousands expected to attend Seattle Women’s March, related events," 13 Jan. 2018 Boyle identified nine specialty units: motorized, canine, medical, logistics, communications, search and rescue mounted patrol, tactical searches, technical rescues and a training unit. Ramona Sentinel, "Community groups spread goodwill at Night Out Against Crime," 10 Aug. 2019 Dozens of Tuk Tuks — or motorized rickshaws — crowd the streets around the square, ferrying protesters back and forth from homes, and the injured to ambulances and hospitals. Washington Post, "Rocket attack kills Iraqi soldier, adding to growing unrest," 31 Oct. 2019 Those wishing to try out motorized surfing without the commitment can visit JetSurf Academy Orlando for a one-hour discovery lesson ($149) to get their feet wet. Patrick Connolly,, "MotoSurf WorldCup jets into Orlando area," 17 Oct. 2019 Streets along the route, which includes Japantown and Arena Green near SAP Center, will be closed to motorized traffic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., though there will be several spots where cars can cross if necessary. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Viva CalleSJ activating San Jose streets, parks on Sunday," 19 Sep. 2019 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

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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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11 Dec 2019

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“Motorize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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