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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Other Words from motorize

motorization \ ˌmō-​tə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

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Inside, an open floorplan and high ceilings are complemented by French oak eight-inch hardwood floors, waterfall quartz countertops, walnut motorized cabinetry, custom leaded crystal light fixtures, and furnishings by WRJ Interiors. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Mod mountain retreat asks $11.9M," 9 Nov. 2018 In a nod to self-sweeping brooms shown in movies and on TV, the shop has recently started selling its own motorized version. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Watch These 'Magical' Brooms Glide On Their Own," 11 Oct. 2018 The set also features adjustable and motorized turbine blades and a movable nacelle with aircraft warning lights. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Put Renewable Energy On Your Desk With a Lego Wind Turbine," 26 Sep. 2018 There are small barrels for tighter curls, large barrels for looser ones, and tapered, clipless, motorized, and interchangeable wands for just about any curl in between. Allure, "The 26 Best Curling Irons at Every Price Point," 13 Sep. 2018 These batteries have also benefited other electric transportation devices like motorized skateboards and unicycles. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Electric scooters’ sudden invasion of American cities, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 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

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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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