[ dahy-kot-uh-mahyz ]
/ daɪˈkɒt əˌmaɪz /

verb (used with object), di·chot·o·mized, di·chot·o·miz·ing.

to divide or separate into two parts, kinds, etc.

verb (used without object), di·chot·o·mized, di·chot·o·miz·ing.

to become divided into two parts; form a dichotomy.

Nearby words

  1. dichondra,
  2. dichoptic,
  3. dichorial,
  4. dichotic,
  5. dichotomic,
  6. dichotomous,
  7. dichotomous key,
  8. dichotomous question,
  9. dichotomy,
  10. dichroic

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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Examples from the Web for dichotomize

  • 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



/ (daɪˈkɒtəˌmaɪz) /


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

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