verb (used with object), mo·tor·ized, mo·tor·iz·ing.

to furnish with a motor, as a vehicle.
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. 2019

Examples from the Web for motorized

Contemporary Examples of motorized

Historical Examples of motorized

  • The motorized transport had come to a stop in the center of a small village.

    Dave Dawson at Dunkirk

    Robert Sydney Bowen

  • Colonel Ibrahim and his motorized column will be isolated in Tamanrasset.

    Border, Breed Nor Birth

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Motorized transport would be better, but the Bulgarians were short of it.

    The Invaders

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • Your motorized units will accompany the advanced section of the Division Supply Train, and will form a part of that train.

    The War Romance of the Salvation Army

    Evangeline Booth and Grace Livingston Hill

  • There would be a motorized Greek division on the way to take charge of the four-thousand-odd unconscious raiders.

    The Invaders

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

British Dictionary definitions for motorized



verb (tr)

to equip with a motor
to provide (military units) with motor vehicles
Derived Formsmotorization or motorisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for motorized



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

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