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verb (used with object), di·chot·o·mized, di·chot·o·miz·ing.
  1. to divide or separate into two parts, kinds, etc.
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verb (used without object), di·chot·o·mized, di·chot·o·miz·ing.
  1. to become divided into two parts; form a dichotomy.
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Also especially British, di·chot·o·mise.

Origin of dichotomize

1600–10; < Late Latin dichotom(os) dichotomous + -ize
Related formsdi·chot·o·mist [dahy-kot-uh-mist] /daɪˈkɒt ə mɪst/, noundi·chot·o·mis·tic, adjectivedi·chot·o·mi·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dichotomistic



  1. to divide or become divided into two parts or classifications
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Derived Formsdichotomist, noundichotomization or dichotomisation, noun
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