[ mahr-juh-nl-ahyz ]
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verb (used with object),mar·gin·al·ized, mar·gin·al·iz·ing.
  1. to place in a position of minor or marginal importance, significance, relevance, or effect: The government is attempting to marginalize criticism and restore public confidence.

  2. to isolate or exclude from the dominant culture; perceive or treat as being on the fringes of a society or group: All of these policies have marginalized our vulnerable sisters and brothers for their religion, skin color, or sexual orientation.

Origin of marginalize

First recorded in 1825–35 for an earlier sense; marginal + -ize
  • Also especially British, mar·gin·al·ise .

Other words from marginalize

  • mar·gin·al·i·za·tion [mahr-juh-nl-ahy-zey-shuhn] /ˌmɑr dʒə nl aɪˈzeɪ ʃən/ especially British, mar·gin·al·i·sa·tion, noun

Words Nearby marginalize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use marginalize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for marginalize



/ (ˈmɑːdʒɪnəˌlaɪz) /

  1. (tr) to relegate to the fringes, out of the mainstream; make seem unimportant: various economic assumptions marginalize women

Derived forms of marginalize

  • marginalization or marginalisation, noun

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