[ moh-tuh-rahyz ]
/ ˈmoʊ təˌraɪz /

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.


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Also especially British, mo·tor·ise.

Origin of motorize

First recorded in 1910–15; motor + -ize


mo·tor·i·za·tion, nounnon·mo·tor·ized, adjectiveun·mo·tor·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for non-motorized



/ (ˈməʊtəˌraɪz) /

verb (tr)

to equip with a motor
to provide (military units) with motor vehicles

Derived forms of motorize

motorization or motorisation, noun
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