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Definition of polarize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they polarize
    he / she / it polarizes
    past simple polarized
    -ing form polarizing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to separate or make people separate into two groups with completely opposite opinions Public opinion has polarized on this issue. polarize something The issue has polarized public opinion.
  2. 2[transitive] polarize something (physics) to make waves of light, etc. vibrate in a single direction
  3. 3[transitive] polarize something (physics) to give polarity to something to polarize a magnet
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noun [uncountable, countable]
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