polarize

[ poh-luh-rahyz ]
/ ˈpoʊ ləˌraɪz /

verb (used with object), po·lar·ized, po·lar·iz·ing.

to cause polarization in.
to divide into sharply opposing factions, political groups, etc.: The controversy has polarized voters into proabortion and antiabortion groups.
to give polarity to.

verb (used without object), po·lar·ized, po·lar·iz·ing.

to become polarized.
Also especially British, po·lar·ise.

Origin of polarize

First recorded in 1805–15; polar + -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for depolarize (1 of 2)

depolarize

depolarise

/ (diːˈpəʊləˌraɪz) /

verb

to undergo or cause to undergo a loss of polarity or polarization

Derived Forms

depolarization or depolarisation, noundepolarizer or depolariser, noun

British Dictionary definitions for depolarize (2 of 2)

polarize

polarise

/ (ˈpəʊləˌraɪz) /

verb

to acquire or cause to acquire polarity
to acquire or cause to acquire polarizationto polarize light
to cause people to adopt extreme opposing positionsto polarize opinion

Derived Forms

polarizable or polarisable, adjective
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Science definitions for depolarize

polarize

[ pōlə-rīz′ ]

To separate or accumulate positive and negative electric charges in two distinct regions. Polarized objects have an electric dipole moment and will undergo torque when placed in an external electric field.
To magnetize a substance so that it has the properties of a magnetic dipole, such as having a north and south pole.
To cause the electrical and magnetic fields associated with electromagnetic waves, especially light, to vibrate in a particular direction or path. The transverse electric and magnetic waves always vibrate at right angles to each other, but in ordinary unpolarized light sources, the direction of polarization of each wave is randomly distributed. Light can be polarized by reflection, and by passing through certain materials. See more at polarization.
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