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politicize

[ puh-lit-uh-sahyz ]
/ pəˈlɪt əˌsaɪz /
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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

politically correct, politically incorrect, politicaster, politician, politicization, politicize, politick, politicking, politico, politico-, 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 politicize

politicize

politicise

/ (pəˈlɪtɪˌsaɪz) /

verb

(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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Word Origin and History for politicize

politicize


v.

1758, "take up politics," from politics + -ize. Meaning "to render political" is from 1846. Related: Politicized; politicizing. Earlier was politize (late 16c.), but this was rare.

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