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 motorize (audio) \ noun

Examples of motorize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Across the bay in Oakland, protesters gathered with vehicles, motorized and human-powered, for a caravan. Michael Cabanatuan,, "May Day demonstrations continue in Bay Area despite coronavirus concerns," 1 May 2020 The peaceful lakes themselves are open for non-motorized craft. Cameron Sullivan, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Shared experience builds community," 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, "Arizona Snowbowl road near Flagstaff closes indefinitely. Here's what we know," 27 Mar. 2020 Replace your existing deadbolt lock this motorized smart deadbolt, which connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Popular Science, "Three keypad locks that let you ditch your keys," 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, "Please Give Billy Porter's Spectacular, Outrageous Hat All of the Grammys," 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, "These Standing Desks Rise Above the Competition," 21 Jan. 2020 Until 2018, California had no specific certification or license requirement for recreational operators of motorized watercraft. Los Angeles Times, "Rethinking a boat trip after this week’s fire? Here are questions to ask," 6 Sep. 2019 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

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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 20 Jan. 2021.

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