[ 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.
Also especially British, di·chot·o·mise.

Origin of dichotomize

1600–10; < Late Latin dichotom(os) dichotomous + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM dichotomize

di·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 forms of dichotomize

dichotomist, noundichotomization or dichotomisation, noun
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