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

Origin of sexualize

First recorded in 1830–40; sexual + -ize

Related forms

sex·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

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British Dictionary definitions for sexualize



/ (ˈsɛksjʊəˌlaɪz) /


to make or become sexual or sexually aware
to give or acquire sexual associations

Derived Forms

sexualization or sexualisation, noun
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