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[rad-i-kuh-lahyz] /ˈræd ɪ kəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), radicalized, radicalizing.
to make radical or more radical, especially in politics.
verb (used without object), radicalized, radicalizing.
to become radical or more radical, especially in politics.
Also, especially British, radicalise.
Origin of radicalize
1815-20; radical + -ize
Related forms
radicalization, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for radicalize
  • Nothing would radicalize regional sentiment, now focused on building rather than destroying, as quickly.
  • Especially if it is a bad government, it will be seen as our puppet and further radicalize people in the region against us.
  • We also radicalize those who resented our support for past regimes.
  • Though unsuccessful, these attempts represent genuine efforts to radicalize the colonial curriculum.
  • If they witness a rigged election, it could begin to radicalize what has so far been a peaceful demand for change.
British Dictionary definitions for radicalize


verb (transitive)
to make (a person) more radical
Derived Forms
radicalization, radicalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for radicalize

1820, from radical (adj.) + -ize. Related: Radicalized; radicalizing.

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