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

Definition of sexualize

transitive verb

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

Examples of sexualize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite her efforts to steer conversations toward the struggles facing the poor, reporters, show promoters and colleagues continued to sexualize and exoticize her. New York Times, 27 May 2021 The legislation follows a New York Times report earlier this week that YouTube has been recommending videos of children to users who sought out other content that could be used to sexualize minors. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, 7 June 2019 Still, the company has further to go in shaking its overtly sexualized legacy. Jonathan Roeder, Fortune, 10 Sep. 2019 Still, the company has further to go in shaking its overtly sexualized legacy. Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2019 The female gaze doesn’t only have to be on men, or not sexualizing women. Anne Cohen,, 21 Feb. 2020 Fortune was able to independently confirm that, at the time of reporting, Giphy does host sexualized images of girls appearing under the legal age of consent. David Z. Morris, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2019 Most of this film consists of tedious scenes of partying and violence, with much of the latter being unpleasantly sexualized. Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2019 The same search terms also revealed sexualized and exploitative images of children and explicit material elsewhere on the open web. David Z. Morris, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sexualize

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Sexualize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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transitive verb
variants: also British sexualise \ ˈseksh-​(ə-​)wə-​ˌlīz, ˈsek-​shə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce sexualize (audio) \
sexualized also British sexualised; sexualizing also British sexualising

Medical Definition of sexualize

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

Other Words from sexualize

sexualization also British sexualisation \ ˌseksh-​(ə-​)wə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce sexualize (audio) \ noun


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