[ bawl-kuh-nahyz ]
/ ˈbɔl kəˌnaɪz /
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verb (used with object), Bal·kan·ized, Bal·kan·iz·ing.
to divide (a country, territory, etc.) into small, quarrelsome, ineffectual states.
(often lowercase) to divide (groups, areas, etc.) into contending and usually ineffectual factions: a movement to balkanize minority voters.
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Also especially British, Bal·kan·ise .
OTHER WORDS FROM BalkanizeBal·kan·i·za·tion, nounBal·kan·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Balkanize
/ (ˈbɔːlkəˌnaɪz) /
(tr) to divide (a territory) into small warring states
to divide (a group or organization) into small factions
Derived forms of BalkanizeBalkanization or Balkanisation, nounBalkanized or Balkanised, adjective
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