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

 

Balkanize

 verb
(British English also -ise) verb
BrE BrE//ˈbɔːlkənaɪz//
 
, also BrE//ˈbɒlkənaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔːlkənaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they Balkanize
BrE BrE//ˈbɔːlkənaɪz//
 
, also BrE//ˈbɒlkənaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔːlkənaɪz//
 
he / she / it Balkanizes
BrE BrE//ˈbɔːlkənaɪzɪz//
 
, BrE//ˈbɒlkənaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔːlkənaɪzɪz//
 
past simple Balkanized
BrE BrE//ˈbɔːlkənaɪzd//
 
, BrE//ˈbɒlkənaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔːlkənaɪzd//
 
past participle Balkanized
BrE BrE//ˈbɔːlkənaɪzd//
 
, BrE//ˈbɒlkənaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔːlkənaɪzd//
 
-ing form Balkanizing
BrE BrE//ˈbɔːlkənaɪzɪŋ//
 
, BrE//ˈbɒlkənaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔːlkənaɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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Balkanize something to divide a region into smaller regions which are unfriendly or aggressive towards each other Word Origin 1920s: from Balkan Peninsula (where this was done in the late 19th and early 20th cent.) + -ize.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Balkanize