verb (used with object), mar·gin·al·ized, mar·gin·al·iz·ing.

to place in a position of marginal importance, influence, or power: the government's attempts to marginalize criticism and restore public confidence.

Nearby words

  1. marginal utility,
  2. marginalia,
  3. marginalise,
  4. marginality,
  5. marginalization,
  6. marginally,
  7. marginate,
  8. margination,
  9. marginoplasty,
  10. margosa

Also especially British, mar·gin·al·ise.

Origin of marginalize

1825–35 for an earlier sense; marginal + -ize

Related formsmar·gin·al·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for marginalize




(tr) to relegate to the fringes, out of the mainstream; make seem unimportantvarious economic assumptions marginalize women
Derived Formsmarginalization or marginalisation, noun

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Word Origin and History for marginalize



1832, "to make marginal notes," from marginal + -ize. The meaning "force into a position of powerlessness" attested by 1929. Related: Marginalized; marginalizing.

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