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[moh-tuh-rahyz] /ˈmoʊ təˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), motorized, motorizing.
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, motorise.
Origin of motorize
First recorded in 1910-15; motor + -ize
Related forms
motorization, noun
nonmotorized, adjective
unmotorized, adjective Unabridged
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  • The motorized transport had come to a stop in the center of a small village.

    Dave Dawson at Dunkirk Robert Sydney Bowen
  • Colonel Ibrahim and his motorized column will be isolated in Tamanrasset.

    Border, Breed Nor Birth Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • The tank brigades, because they are smaller, probably have fewer tanks than the motorized rifle divisions.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • This was followed by the motorized Artillery which came out of the woods like a swarm of huge creeping beetles.

    A "Y Girl in France Katherine Shortall
  • 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 Evangeline Booth and Grace Livingston Hill
British Dictionary definitions for motorized


verb (transitive)
to equip with a motor
to provide (military units) with motor vehicles
Derived Forms
motorization, motorisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for motorized



"to furnish with a motor or motors," 1901, from motor (n.) + -ize. Related: Motorized; motorizing; motorization.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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