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dichotomize

[dahy-kot-uh-mahyz]
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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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Historical Examples

  • Where action is a consequence of a philosophic system, the system seems to dichotomize into art and religion.

    Creative Intelligence

    John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen


British Dictionary definitions for dichotomize

dichotomize

dichotomise

verb
  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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