Meaning of POLARIZE in English

POLARIZE

— polarizable , adj. — polarizability , n.

/poh"leuh ruyz'/ , v. , polarized, polarizing .

v.t.

1. to cause polarization in.

2. to divide into sharply opposing factions, political groups, etc.: The controversy has polarized voters into proabortion and antiabortion groups.

3. to give polarity to.

v.i.

4. to become polarized.

Also, esp. Brit., polarise .

[ 1805-15; POLAR + -IZE ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .