sig·​nal·​ize ˈsig-nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce signalize (audio)
signalized; signalizing

transitive verb

: to make conspicuous : distinguish, mark
: to point out carefully or distinctly
: to make signals to : signal
also : indicate
his silence signalizes approval
: to place traffic signals at or on
signalization noun

Examples of signalize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The function of news is to signalize an event, the function of truth is to bring to light the hidden facts, to set them into relation with each other, and make a picture of reality on which men can act. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 13 Oct. 2019 As an alternative to using Moffett, try Innovation Way, which has been signalized to better accommodate higher traffic volumes. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, 1 Aug. 2019 According to the most recent decade of data available, 44% of all crashes where pedestrians were killed or injured occurred when an individual was struck while crossing at a signalized crossing like a traffic light., 11 June 2019 Each of the turn lanes would be signalized to more easily allow vehicles to re-enter the U.S. 190 flow. Kim Chatelain,, 3 May 2018 The two nearest signalized intersections are to the north and south at a distance beyond the length of more than two football fields. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, 1 Feb. 2018 The bike crossings also function as signalized crosswalks for pedestrians. Elliot Njus,, 24 Aug. 2017 The project will include the relocation and expansion of the airport’s cell-phone lot, signalized pedestrian crossings between the terminals and parking garages, improving vehicular access to curbs and other enhancements. Larry Barszewski,, 13 June 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of signalize was in 1613

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“Signalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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sig·​nal·​ize ˈsig-nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce signalize (audio)
signalized; signalizing
: to make well-known : point out clearly

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