po·​lit·​i·​cize | \ pə-ˈli-tə-ˌsīz How to pronounce politicize (audio) \
politicized; politicizing

Definition of politicize

transitive verb

: to give a political tone or character to an attempt to politicize the civil service

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politicization \ pə-​ˌli-​tə-​sə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce politicize (audio) \ noun

Examples of politicize in a Sentence

They have politicized the budget process.
Recent Examples on the Web But among the factors hurting the US the most in its response to Covid-19, experts say, is the deep division that helped politicize life-saving public health tools, like face masks. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Analysis: Covid-19 vaccinations are climbing. But familiar mistakes could lead to more misery," 9 Apr. 2021 The reasoning: feminists should not politicize the story. Judy Batalion, Time, "Why the Stories of Jewish Women Who Fought the Nazis Remained Hidden for So Long," 8 Apr. 2021 My preference is even after the fact, not to politicize this. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Proud of vaccine success, Warp Speed’s ex-science head talks politics, presidents, and future pandemics," 25 Jan. 2021 Republicans believe the bill is worded to skew elections to Democrats and say the measure would increase voter fraud, reduce election security, and politicize the election process to favor Democrats. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Manchin wants changes to Democratic election overhaul bill," 25 Mar. 2021 Regrettably, gun control advocates have already rushed to politicize this horrific situation – even as most of the salient facts remain unknown. Tyler Olson, Fox News, "Biden aides', Harris' gun control plans have included seizing 'assault weapons'," 24 Mar. 2021 Members of the court have historically resisted calls for cameras, saying that such a move would politicize the body. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Citing pandemic, senators push for cameras during Supreme Court arguments," 18 Mar. 2021 They were paralyzed by the prospect that Donald Trump’s Justice Department could politicize the information if it were revealed. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Why Cuomo Cooked the Books on Nursing-Home Deaths," 6 Mar. 2021 Trump’s efforts to politicize and co-opt the military on his behalf. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "What Does National Security Even Mean Anymore, After January 6th and the Pandemic?," 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of politicize

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for politicize

politic or politic(s) + -ize

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The first known use of politicize was in 1846

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10 May 2021

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“Politicize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/politicize. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of politicize

disapproving : to relate (an idea, issue, etc.) to politics in a way that makes people less likely to agree
: to cause (someone) to become involved or interested in government or politics

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