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radicalize

[rad-i-kuh-lahyz]
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verb (used with object), rad·i·cal·ized, rad·i·cal·iz·ing.
  1. to make radical or more radical, as in politics: young people who are being radicalized by extremist philosophies.
verb (used without object), rad·i·cal·ized, rad·i·cal·iz·ing.
  1. to become radical or more radical: The regime has increasingly radicalized since the coup.
Also especially British, rad·i·cal·ise.

Origin of radicalize

First recorded in 1815–20; radical + -ize
Related formsrad·i·cal·i·za·tion, noun
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radicalize

radicalise

verb (tr)
  1. to make (a person) more radical
Derived Formsradicalization or radicalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for radicalize

v.

1820, from radical (adj.) + -ize. Related: Radicalized; radicalizing.

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