[sek-shoo-uh-lahyz or, esp. British, seks-yoo-]

verb (used with object), sex·u·al·ized, sex·u·al·iz·ing.

to render sexual; endow with sexual characteristics.

Also especially British, sex·u·al·ise.

Origin of sexualize

First recorded in 1830–40; sexual + -ize
Related formssex·u·al·i·za·tion, nounde·sex·u·al·ize, verb (used with object), de·sex·u·al·ized, de·sex·u·al·iz·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sexualised




to make or become sexual or sexually aware
to give or acquire sexual associations
Derived Formssexualization or sexualisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for sexualised



1839, from sexual + -ize. Related: Sexualized; sexualizing.

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