- to engage in or discuss politics.
Also especially British, po·lit·i·cise.
Origin of politicize
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Examples from the Web for politicize
This is, of course, met by the pro-gun forces urging people not to politicize a tragedy.It’s Time to Think Big or Shut Up on Gun Control
June 8, 2014
The president himself has also accused Republicans of trying to politicize a national tragedy.CIA Contractor Testimony Could Undermine Obama on Benghazi
November 6, 2013
“Mitch made it very clear to me from the beginning that he does not politicize issues of national security,” Benton wrote.Opponents in Kentucky Make Mitch McConnell Useless in the Senate
September 13, 2013
And when the temptation to politicize or otherwise exploit the situation becomes irresistible, at least try to be subtle.Which Politician Best Navigated Hurricane Sandy’s Surge?
October 31, 2012
Democrats have countered that Republicans and Mitt Romney have attempted to politicize a national tragedy.Benghazi Suspect Held in Tunisia
October 23, 2012
- (tr) to render political in tone, interest, or awareness
- (intr) to participate in political discussion or activity
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Word Origin and History for politicize
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