[ 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.

verb (used without object),di·chot·o·mized, di·chot·o·miz·ing.
  1. to become divided into two parts; form a dichotomy.

Origin of dichotomize

1600–10; <Late Latin dichotom(os) dichotomous + -ize
  • Also especially British, di·chot·o·mise .

Other words from dichotomize

  • di·chot·o·mist [dahy-kot-uh-mist], /daɪˈkɒt ə mɪst/, noun
  • di·chot·o·mis·tic, adjective
  • di·chot·o·mi·za·tion, noun

Words Nearby dichotomize

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How to use dichotomize in a sentence

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

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British Dictionary definitions for dichotomize



/ (daɪˈkɒtəˌmaɪz) /

  1. to divide or become divided into two parts or classifications

Derived forms of dichotomize

  • dichotomist, noun
  • dichotomization or dichotomisation, noun

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