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sexualize

[sek-shoo-uh-lahyz or, esp. British, seks-yoo-]
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verb (used with object), sex·u·al·ized, sex·u·al·iz·ing.
  1. to render sexual; endow with sexual characteristics.
Also especially British, sex·u·al·ise.

Origin of sexualize

First recorded in 1830–40; sexual + -ize
Related formssex·u·al·i·za·tion, nounde·sex·u·al·ize, verb (used with object), de·sex·u·al·ized, de·sex·u·al·iz·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for desexualize

desexualize

desexualise

verb
  1. (tr) to deprive of sexual characteristics by the surgical removal of the testicles or ovaries; castrate or spayOften shortened to: desex (diːˈsɛks)
Derived Formsdesexualization or desexualisation, noun

sexualize

sexualise

verb
  1. to make or become sexual or sexually aware
  2. to give or acquire sexual associations
Derived Formssexualization or sexualisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for desexualize

sexualize

v.

1839, from sexual + -ize. Related: Sexualized; sexualizing.

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