Meaning of POLARIZE in English

POLARIZE

v.

Pronunciation: ' p ō -l ə - ˌ r ī z

Function: verb

Inflected Form: -ized ; -iz · ing

Etymology: French polariser, from New Latin polaris polar

Date: 1811

transitive verb

1 : to cause (as light waves) to vibrate in a definite pattern

2 : to give physical polarity to

3 : to break up into opposing factions or groupings <a campaign that polarized the electorate>

4 : CONCENTRATE 1 <recreate a cohesive rock community by polarizing ⋯ an amorphous, fragmented audience ― Ellen Willis>

intransitive verb : to become polarized

– po · lar · iz · abil · i · ty \ ˌ p ō -l ə - ˌ r ī -z ə - ' bi-l ə -t ē \ noun

– po · lar · iz · able \ ˌ p ō -l ə - ' r ī -z ə -b ə l \ adjective

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