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politicize

[puh-lit-uh-sahyz] /pəˈlɪt əˌsaɪz/
verb (used with object), politicized, politicizing.
1.
to bring a political character or flavor to; make political:
to politicize a private dispute.
verb (used without object), politicized, politicizing.
2.
to engage in or discuss politics.
Also, especially British, politicise.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; politic(al) + -ize
Related forms
politicization, noun
depoliticization, noun
depoliticize, verb (used with object), depoliticized, depoliticizing.
nonpoliticization, noun
Can be confused
politicize, politick.
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  • To politicize the reduction of green house gas is one thing, to make it really work will be a totally different thing.
  • These people want to politicize science so they can manipulate it to give them the answers they want.
  • The report is, in effect, a mask for the effort to politicize the university even further.
  • We should never underestimate the obtuseness of those who would politicize science.
  • To politicize this tragedy adds further insult to injury.
  • It's not as though the cameras can politicize the proceedings any more than they already, integrally, are.
  • It would be fairer to call them an attempt to politicize criminal differences.
  • It's always pained me to see scientists give up their credibility as scientists to politicize things.
  • The main topic is muckraking on efforts to distort and politicize science.
  • Any attempt to politicize it--from either side of the aisle--must always be strongly resisted.
British Dictionary definitions for politicize

politicize

/pəˈlɪtɪˌsaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to render political in tone, interest, or awareness
2.
(intransitive) to participate in political discussion or activity
Derived Forms
politicization, politicisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for politicize
v.

1758, "take up politics," from politics + -ize. Meaning "to render political" is from 1846. Related: Politicized; politicizing. Earlier was politize (late 16c.), but this was rare.

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