[ at-uh-mahyz ]
/ ˈæt əˌmaɪz /
verb (used with object), at·om·ized, at·om·iz·ing.
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.
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Also especially British, at·om·ise .
OTHER WORDS FROM atomizeat·om·i·za·tion, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for atomize
Foer argues that our digital lives are giving way to atomization and deep societal alienation.
Adjusting and locking the nozzle regulates the degree of atomization.Advanced Toy Making for Schools|David M. Mitchell
British Dictionary definitions for atomize
/ (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 atomizeatomization or atomisation, noun
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