verb (used with object), mo·tor·ized, mo·tor·iz·ing.
  1. to furnish with a motor, as a vehicle.
  2. to supply with motor-driven vehicles, usually in the place of horses and horse-drawn vehicles.
Also especially British, mo·tor·ise.

Origin of motorize

First recorded in 1910–15; motor + -ize
Related formsmo·tor·i·za·tion, nounnon·mo·tor·ized, adjectiveun·mo·tor·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for motorization



verb (tr)
  1. to equip with a motor
  2. to provide (military units) with motor vehicles
Derived Formsmotorization or motorisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for motorization



"to furnish with a motor or motors," 1901, from motor (n.) + -ize. Related: Motorized; motorizing; motorization.

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