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motorize

[moh-tuh-rahyz] /ˈmoʊ təˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), motorized, motorizing.
1.
to furnish with a motor, as a vehicle.
2.
to supply with motor-driven vehicles, usually in the place of horses and horse-drawn vehicles.
Also, especially British, motorise.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; motor + -ize
Related forms
motorization, noun
nonmotorized, adjective
unmotorized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for motorise

motorize

/ˈməʊtəˌraɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to equip with a motor
2.
to provide (military units) with motor vehicles
Derived Forms
motorization, motorisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for motorise

motorize

v.

"to furnish with a motor or motors," 1901, from motor (n.) + -ize. Related: Motorized; motorizing; motorization.

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