mo·tor·ize | \ˈmō-tə-ˌrīz \
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 \ noun

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The carrier is fully motorized, with the ability to lift and drop anchors, lift decks, and rotate radar dishes. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "This Perfect Replica of an Aircraft Supercarrier Took 30 Years to Build," 22 May 2015 For one, the Prodesk 60 is motorized so that it can be effortlessly raised and lowered at the push of a button. Anna Hecht, CNN Underscored, "This stylish standing desk could revolutionize your work routine," 11 June 2018 Gather at the beach on Fildes Bay to board motorized Zodiac boats for embarkation of your expedition vessel. Ashton Palmer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Antarctica," 5 Oct. 2016 The wall is motorized and splits a room in half, WUSA reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Child dies after motorized room partition crushes him at school," 21 May 2018 Much later, the article shares that pedestrians do not care to share the sidewalks with people riding bicycles, motorized or not. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Uneasy Rider," 21 Apr. 2018 Pedro, 8, athletic with a toothy smile, sometimes hung on the back of his father’s motorized chair, releasing himself and leaping in attempts to hit doorway tops. Written By Nikita Stewart; Photographs By Sam Hodgson, New York Times, "Homelessness, Step by Step," 18 Feb. 2018 Others saw motorized, winged crafts with screw propellers. Greg Eghigian, Smithsonian, "How UFO Reports Change With the Technology of the Times," 2 Feb. 2018 And a third student is researching ways the device could be motorized. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "Girl with 3D-printed hand ready to throw first pitch at Game 4," 25 Oct. 2017

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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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