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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
  • motorized transport would be better, but the Bulgarians were short of it.

    The Invaders William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • 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
  • There would be a motorized Greek division on the way to take charge of the four-thousand-odd unconscious raiders.

    The Invaders William Fitzgerald Jenkins
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.

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