sexualize

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verb sex·u·al·ize \ ˈsek-sh(ə-)wə-ˌlīz , ˈsek-shə-ˌlīz \

Definition of sexualize

sexualized; sexualizing
transitive verb
:to make sexual :endow with a sexual character or cast

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First Known Use of sexualize

1839


Medical Dictionary

sexualize

transitive verb sex·u·al·ize
variants: also British sexualise play \ˈseksh-(ə-)wə-ˌlīz, ˈsek-shə-ˌlīz\

medical Definition of sexualize

sexualized also British sexualised; sexualizing also British sexualising
:to make sexual :endow with a sexual character or quality

sexualization

also British sexualisation play \ˌseksh-(ə-)wə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

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