Meaning of POLARIZE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈpō-lə-ˌrīz ]


( -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 ˌpō-lə-ˌrī-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē noun

• po·lar·iz·able ˌpō-lə-ˈrī-zə-bəl adjective

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