Definition of polarize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpəʊləraɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊləraɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they polarize
    BrE BrE//ˈpəʊləraɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊləraɪz//
    he / she / it polarizes
    BrE BrE//ˈpəʊləraɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊləraɪzɪz//
    past simple polarized
    BrE BrE//ˈpəʊləraɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊləraɪzd//
    past participle polarized
    BrE BrE//ˈpəʊləraɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊləraɪzd//
    -ing form polarizing
    BrE BrE//ˈpəʊləraɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊləraɪzɪŋ//
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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
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: polarize