Definition of politicize in English:


Line breaks: pol¦iti|cize
Pronunciation: /pəˈlɪtɪsʌɪz
(also politicise)


[with object] (often as adjective politicized)
  • 1Cause (an activity or event) to become political in character: wage bargaining in the public sector became more politicized
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    • Universities are centres of freedom of speech, granted, but we have to admit that this is a hugely politicized event being proposed at the one campus in Canada where this issue has exploded into violence.
    • If judges are horribly political, politicized opposition to nominees is called for.
    • When people protest the way the Administration is let off the hook until the election, of course, the charge will be that they are attempting to politicize the process.
  • 1.1Make (someone) politically aware: we successfully politicized a generation of women
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    • The polarizing of the population has been a wondrous gift to debate, and we are more politicized and aware than ever before.
    • I was never politicized before that, but I had to come to grips with this latent fascism, otherwise I couldn't have unfolded as an artist at all.
    • Rather than embittering or psychopathologizing him, his rape had politicized him, giving him a terrifying lucid insight into the idiotic evil of the male sex drive.
  • 1.2 [no object] Engage in or talk about politics: we talk and squabble and politicize about education as a vote-catching agency



Pronunciation: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • The statement said that the sudden appointments of new people to key diplomatic positions abroad was a cause of concern, as it could result in politicization of the diplomatic services.
  • We hope Diversity Weekend will open a forum for discussing the politicization.
  • This fact had most probably hindered the politicization of cultural exchange between Egypt and Europe despite inequality in the distribution of power.

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