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

transitive verb

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

Examples of politicize in a Sentence

They have politicized the budget process.
Recent Examples on the Web Failing on experience and his record, Gascon’s election night statement tried to politicize the race, dividing us rather than uniting us, saying this election will be about Democrats vs. Republicans. Nathan Hochman, Orange County Register, 23 Apr. 2024 Parliament was dissolved, the courts politicized and government officials replaced by loyalists, said Brian Concannon, executive director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, based in Massachusetts. Andres Viglucci, Miami Herald, 21 Apr. 2024 Since the takeover last year, the district has faced an exodus of experienced staffers, with many in exit surveys complaining that the governing body has been politicized since the changeover. Mike Schneider, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2024 Because the United States Senate politicized the court. Nbc Universal, NBC News, 24 Mar. 2024 Military leaders must take seriously the challenges posed by civilian efforts to politicize the armed forces. Risa Brooks, Foreign Affairs, 20 Mar. 2024 In a Facebook post March 28, Mavi Garcia asked for her sister’s death to stop being politicized. Mike Stunson, Kansas City Star, 3 Apr. 2024 Also in the news: Republican governors are supporting Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in an escalating and increasingly politicized border crisis. USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2024 Minnesota has largely avoided the big money, politicized judicial elections that have plagued so many other states. Natalie Hudson, Twin Cities, 11 Feb. 2024

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Word History


politic or politic(s) + -ize

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of politicize was in 1846

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“Politicize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/politicize. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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