- to make radical or more radical, as in politics: young people who are being radicalized by extremist philosophies.
- to become radical or more radical: The regime has increasingly radicalized since the coup.
Also especially British, rad·i·cal·ise.
Origin of radicalize
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Examples from the Web for radicalize
What seems to have upset him the most was watching Alessa and Almonte radicalize a local teenager he calls “a regular street kid.”NYPD on the Real ‘Enemies Within’: Going Undercover With Jihadis
September 9, 2013
“This is scary; brutal methods will radicalize a larger number of women,” Sokirianskaya said.Russia’s Female Menaces
September 6, 2012
Trying to hold back history and peaceful change may radicalize the situation.Egypt's President Mubarak Plays With Fire
February 10, 2011
American universities seem to radicalize more middle-class Arabs than did their upbringing in the Middle East.Maybe We Shouldn't Try KSM
March 5, 2010
And some may be pure “lone wolves” who radicalize themselves and carry out their attacks with no outside assistance or support.Our Homegrown Terror Threat
January 1, 2010
- to make (a person) more radical
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Word Origin and History for radicalize
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