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atomize

[ at-uh-mahyz ]
/ 藞忙t 蓹藢ma瑟z /
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verb (used with object), at路om路ized, at路om路iz路ing.
to reduce to atoms.
to reduce to fine particles or spray.
to destroy (a target) by bombing, especially with an atomic bomb.
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路om路ized, at路om路iz路ing.
to split into smaller units; fragment: Critics say the group has atomized around several leaders.
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Also especially British, at路om路ise .

Origin of atomize

First recorded in 1670鈥80; atom + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM atomize

at路om路i路za路tion [at-uh-mahy-zey-shuhn], /藢忙t 蓹藢ma瑟藞ze瑟 蕛蓹n/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for atomize

atomize

atomise

/ (藞忙t蓹藢ma瑟z) /

verb
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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