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politicize

[puh-lit-uh-sahyz]
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verb (used with object), po·lit·i·cized, po·lit·i·ciz·ing.
  1. to bring a political character or flavor to; make political: to politicize a private dispute.
verb (used without object), po·lit·i·cized, po·lit·i·ciz·ing.
  1. to engage in or discuss politics.
Also especially British, po·lit·i·cise.

Origin of politicize

First recorded in 1750–60; politic(al) + -ize
Related formspo·lit·i·ci·za·tion, nounde·po·lit·i·ci·za·tion, nounde·po·lit·i·cize, verb (used with object), de·po·lit·i·cized, de·po·lit·i·ciz·ing.non·po·lit·i·ci·za·tion, noun
Can be confusedpoliticize politick
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  • Burns too could have governed, debated in National Assemblies; politicized, as few could.


British Dictionary definitions for politicized

politicize

politicise

verb
  1. (tr) to render political in tone, interest, or awareness
  2. (intr) to participate in political discussion or activity
Derived Formspoliticization or politicisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for politicized

politicize

v.

1758, "take up politics," from politics + -ize. Meaning "to render political" is from 1846. Related: Politicized; politicizing. Earlier was politize (late 16c.), but this was rare.

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