Definition of motorize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈməʊtərʌɪz/
(also motorise)


[with object] (usually as adjective motorized)
1Equip (a vehicle or device) with a motor to operate or propel it: a motorized wheelchair
More example sentences
  • All drivers and passengers should wear helmets that meet current standards for use while operating motorized vehicles.
  • We have enjoyed offering the first real computerized, motorized wheelchair; we have a huge market in that area.
  • Since its introduction, the company has hired an army of lobbyists in an effort to get state and local governments to change laws that bar motorized vehicles from sidewalks.
2Equip (troops) with motor transport: three motorized divisions
More example sentences
  • Most units going into Iraq now will go in as motorized infantry, mainly driving Humvees.
  • Tanks are used in an offensive to support motorized infantry; they can also be used independently.
  • These forces have some armor but rely on dismounted or motorized infantry for the bulk of their combat power.



Pronunciation: /məʊtərʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • With mass motorization the situation has changed, and the relative advantages the car once conferred have dwindled: the more cars, the less joy.
  • Oil changed everyday life and work in the developed world by spurring mass motorization, broader access to electricity, and the spread of synthetic materials.
  • Economic development in ASEAN countries has spurred a rapid growth in motorization and led to a significant worsening of road safety throughout the region.

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