politicize

verb
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

Other Words from politicize

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 The third secretary, Nielsen’s successor Kevin McAleenan, grew frustrated by the way Trump tried to politicize the department during his reelection effort departed after just seven months. Carol D. Leonnig And Maria Sacchetti, Anchorage Daily News, 29 July 2022 The third secretary, Nielsen’s successor Kevin McAleenan, grew frustrated by the way Trump tried to politicize the department during his reelection effort departed after just seven months. Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 Subsidies and tariffs waste resources, burden taxpayers and politicize decisions best left to markets. Greg Ip, WSJ, 27 July 2022 Critics maintain, however, that adding seats would undermine the legitimacy and further politicize the court in the eyes of Americans. Shannon Larson, BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2022 Last year, after a mass shooting at a grocery store in Boulder, Colo., that killed 10 people, Mr. Cruz renewed his complaints that Democrats were seeking to politicize the issue. New York Times, 25 May 2022 Such litmus tests politicize the Court, and its legitimacy rests on its ability to rise above the kind of raw politics Trump reveled in. Sue Halpern, The New York Review of Books, 25 May 2022 Koch Industries—the conglomerate owned by Charles Koch and the heirs of David Koch, men who donated heavily to groups that helped politicize the science of climate change—is reportedly investing hundreds of millions of dollars in battery companies. Tim De Chant, Ars Technica, 23 Mar. 2022 Disinformation campaigns have helped polarize and politicize the issues, dividing people and preventing the potential to work together to make changes, Guterres writes. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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2 Aug 2022

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“Politicize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/politicize. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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