verb (used with object), po·lar·ized, po·lar·iz·ing.
verb (used without object), po·lar·ized, po·lar·iz·ing.
Examples from the Web for polarize
Not the bridge-burning efforts of Butler and her BDS comrades who polarize an already divided Middle East.
They say rape-y things Rick Ross is hardly the first rapper to polarize with lyrics about rape.11 Ways Rappers Are Just Like Right-Wing Radio Hosts|Kevin Fallon|March 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Second, I think it might polarize the country even more than it is now.
But if you polarize the political scene, you have to cultivate support on at least one side.
There is nothing to be done but to polarize the needle over again.The Poet at the Breakfast Table|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
They are also costly, since they do not last long and cannot be worked too hard unless they polarize.Boys' Book of Model Boats|Raymond Francis Yates
These must have plenty of time to rest, as they polarize when the circuit is closed for a long time.Things a Boy Should Know About Electricity|Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
They impose themselves on men apart from reason and have the power to polarize men's thoughts and feelings in one direction.Introduction to the Science of Sociology|Robert E. Park
It may be said to polarize the idea, so often presented in his poetry, that doubt is a condition of the vitality of faith.Introduction to Robert Browning|Hiram Corson
British Dictionary definitions for polarize
Word Origin and History for polarize
1811, in optics, from French polariser, coined by French physicist Étienne-Louis Malus (1775-1812) as a term in optics, from Modern Latin polaris "polar" (see polar). Transferred sense of "to accentuate a division in a group or system" is first recorded 1949 in Arthur Koestler. Related: Polarized; polarizing.