[ at-uh-mahyz ]
See synonyms for: atomizeatomization on

verb (used with object),at·om·ized, at·om·iz·ing.
  1. to reduce to atoms.

  2. to reduce to fine particles or spray.

  1. to destroy (a target) by bombing, especially with an atomic bomb.

  2. to split into smaller parts, sections, groups, factions, etc.: Principles of freedom and individual liberty encouraged the economic individualism that atomized the nation and destroyed social responsibility.

verb (used without object),at·om·ized, at·om·iz·ing.
  1. to split into smaller units; fragment: Critics say the group has atomized around several leaders.

Origin of atomize

First recorded in 1670–80; atom + -ize
  • Also especially British, at·om·ise .

Other words from atomize

  • at·om·i·za·tion [at-uh-mahy-zey-shuhn], /ˌæt əˌmaɪˈzeɪ ʃən/, noun

Words Nearby atomize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for atomize



/ (ˈætəˌmaɪz) /

  1. to separate or be separated into free atoms

  2. to reduce (a liquid or solid) to fine particles or spray or (of a liquid or solid) to be reduced in this way

  1. (tr) to destroy by weapons, esp nuclear weapons

Derived forms of atomize

  • atomization or atomisation, noun

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