[ at-uh-mahyz ]
/ ˈæt əˌmaɪz /

verb (used with object), at·om·ized, at·om·iz·ing.

to reduce to atoms.
to reduce to fine particles or spray.
to destroy (a target) by bombing, especially with an atomic bomb.

verb (used without object), at·om·ized, at·om·iz·ing.

to split into many sections, groups, factions, etc.; fragmentize: Critics say the group has atomized around several leaders.
Also especially British, at·om·ise.

Origin of atomize

First recorded in 1670–80; atom + -ize


at·om·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for atomise

  • Where possible, emulsification should be done in a 141 machine, in order to atomise the ingredients.

    Leather|K. J. Adcock
  • They breathe it into the mouth and atomise it on the tongue with utmost relish.

British Dictionary definitions for atomise



/ (ˈætəˌmaɪz) /


to separate or be separated into free atoms
to reduce (a liquid or solid) to fine particles or spray or (of a liquid or solid) to be reduced in this way
(tr) to destroy by weapons, esp nuclear weapons

Derived forms of atomize

atomization or atomisation, noun
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