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 politicization (audio) \ noun

Examples of politicize in a Sentence

They have politicized the budget process.
Recent Examples on the Web And despite her own mother’s activism, Jarvis wasn’t thrilled about activist groups politicizing the holiday, either. Erin Corbett, refinery29.com, "The Surprisingly Radical History Of Mother’s Day," 15 May 2020 President Trump attempted to politicize vote by mail efforts in a number of remarks and tweets this week. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Security News This Week: Signal Threatens to Leave the US If EARN IT Act Passes," 11 Apr. 2020 Critics, though, say Pavlensky’s case is being politicized because Griveaux was Macron’s candidate. Thomas Adamson, BostonGlobe.com, "Man who toppled Paris mayor hopeful charged over sex videos," 18 Feb. 2020 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., owes Americans an apology for delaying important stimulus bills in Congress and politicizing the coronavirus crisis, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. Fox News, "Nancy Pelosi 'owes America an apology' for coronavirus relief delays, McCarthy says," 26 Apr. 2020 Rick Bright, who was ousted from the top job at BARDA this week, has decided to put the Trump administration on trial and the charge is politicizing science, STAT explains. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Former BARDA chief charges Trump politicizes science; India may suspend TB drug exports," 23 Apr. 2020 Perhaps that’s the light at the end of the tunnel President Trump was referring to while disseminating misinformation, politicizing a health epidemic and berating the White House press pool for doing its job. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Charmin’s bears are just cruel now. How coronavirus has changed TV ads," 23 Apr. 2020 One common answer is that the process is politicized: The power of big defense contractors means that money flows toward weapons. Andrew Blum, The New Republic, "Why the U.S. Buys Too Many Missiles and Not Enough Masks," 21 Apr. 2020 Trump has completely politicized this pandemic and the briefings have become a tool of that politicization. Brianna Provenzano, refinery29.com, "Why Twitter Users Demand That News Networks Stop Airing Trump’s Briefings," 20 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of politicize

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Politicize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/politicize. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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