definitions
  • synonyms

sexualize

[ sek-shoo-uh-lahyz or, esp. British, seks-yoo- ]
/ ˈsɛk ʃu əˌlaɪz or, esp. British, ˈsɛks yu- /
|

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

to render sexual; endow with sexual characteristics.

RELATED CONTENT

aromanticRead more in this article about some frequently asked questions and fun facts related to our definitions.
READ MORE

Nearby words

sexual reproduction, sexual revolution, sexual selection, sexuality, sexualization, sexualize, sexually, sexually transmitted disease, sexually transmitted diseases, sexwale, sexy
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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sexualization

British Dictionary definitions for sexualization

sexualize

sexualise

/ (ˈsɛksjʊəˌlaɪz) /

verb

to make or become sexual or sexually aware
to give or acquire sexual associations
Derived Formssexualization or sexualisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012