sexualize

verb

sex·​u·​al·​ize ˈsek-sh(ə-)wə-ˌlīz How to pronounce sexualize (audio)
ˈsek-shə-ˌlīz
sexualized; sexualizing

transitive verb

: to make sexual : endow with a sexual character or cast

Examples of sexualize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Enlarge Axelle/Bauer-Griffin / Contributor | FilmMagic 4chan users who have made a game out of exploiting popular AI image generators appear to be at least partly responsible for the flood of fake images sexualizing Taylor Swift that went viral last month. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 5 Feb. 2024 We have all been sexualized, even as children and girls. Marta Balaga, Variety, 26 Jan. 2024 The campaigns were met with immediate backlash — social media users accused the company of sexualizing the children in the ads — and a week later, Balenciaga issued a response. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 23 Jan. 2024 Wilkinson admits she was sexualized at a young age, even before the mansion. Danielle Bacher, Peoplemag, 17 Jan. 2024 In 2000, the corporation sued Aqua's then-label MCA Records and claimed the song violated Barbie's trademark and sexualized the kids toy with its cheeky lyrics. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 23 Dec. 2023 Balenciaga Wipes Brand's Instagram, Addresses Controversial Campaigns: 'This Was a Wrong Choice' A week after the campaigns launched and were met with immediate backlash — social media users accused the company of sexualizing the children in the ads — Balenciaga issued a response. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 3 Dec. 2023 Billie Eilish has long spoken about being sexualized as a young woman, even wearing baggy clothes for much of her career to divert focus from her body. Vulture, 13 Nov. 2023 The musician spoke candidly about her early predilection for big, baggy clothes and her desire not necessarily to avoid being sexualized but to maintain some level of protection and control over her body. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 13 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sexualize was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Sexualize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sexualize. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

sexualize

transitive verb
sex·​u·​al·​ize
variants also British sexualise
sexualized also British sexualised; sexualizing also British sexualising
: to make sexual : endow with a sexual character or quality
sexualization noun
also British sexualisation
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