- to furnish with a motor, as a vehicle.
- to supply with motor-driven vehicles, usually in the place of horses and horse-drawn vehicles.
Also especially British, mo·tor·ise.
Origin of motorize
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Examples from the Web for motorized
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But in 2006, as he was turning 80, Chubby acquired a motorized wheelchair.How Brooklyn’s First Ice Cream Girl Fought City Hall–and Won
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Because the automobile essentially was a motorized quadricycle.Pryor Dodge's Two-Wheeled Obsession Is Now a Museum of Bike History
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Darryn had been traveling in a motorized patrol when the lead vehicle was hit by an IED.The Army Lied About the Hero Who Died Looking for Bowe Bergdahl
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After three decades of motorized flight, no black aviator had managed to fly coast-to-coast.Red Tails Overlooks the Story of America’s First Black Pilots
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The motorized transport had come to a stop in the center of a small village.Dave Dawson at Dunkirk
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Colonel Ibrahim and his motorized column will be isolated in Tamanrasset.Border, Breed Nor Birth
Dallas McCord Reynolds
Motorized transport would be better, but the Bulgarians were short of it.
Your motorized units will accompany the advanced section of the Division Supply Train, and will form a part of that train.The War Romance of the Salvation Army
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There would be a motorized Greek division on the way to take charge of the four-thousand-odd unconscious raiders.
- to equip with a motor
- to provide (military units) with motor vehicles
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Word Origin and History for motorized
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