verb (used with object), po·lit·i·cized, po·lit·i·ciz·ing.

to bring a political character or flavor to; make political: to politicize a private dispute.

verb (used without object), po·lit·i·cized, po·lit·i·ciz·ing.

to engage in or discuss politics.

Nearby words

  1. politically correct,
  2. politically incorrect,
  3. politicaster,
  4. politician,
  5. politicization,
  6. politick,
  7. politicking,
  8. politico,
  9. politico-,
  10. politics

Also especially British, po·lit·i·cise.

Origin of politicize

First recorded in 1750–60; politic(al) + -ize

Related formspo·lit·i·ci·za·tion, nounde·po·lit·i·ci·za·tion, nounde·po·lit·i·cize, verb (used with object), de·po·lit·i·cized, de·po·lit·i·ciz·ing.non·po·lit·i·ci·za·tion, noun

Can be confusedpoliticize politick

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British Dictionary definitions for politicization




(tr) to render political in tone, interest, or awareness
(intr) to participate in political discussion or activity
Derived Formspoliticization or politicisation, noun

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