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[sek-shoo-uh-lahyz or, esp. British, seks-yoo-]
verb (used with object), sex·u·al·ized, sex·u·al·iz·ing.
  1. to render sexual; endow with sexual characteristics.
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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.
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  1. to make or become sexual or sexually aware
  2. to give or acquire sexual associations
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Derived Formssexualization or sexualisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for sexualize


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

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