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sexualize

[sek-shoo-uh-lahyz or, esp. British, seks-yoo-] /ˈsɛk ʃu əˌlaɪz or, esp. British, ˈsɛks yu-/
verb (used with object), sexualized, sexualizing.
1.
to render sexual; endow with sexual characteristics.
Also, especially British, sexualise.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; sexual + -ize
Related forms
sexualization, noun
desexualize, verb (used with object), desexualized, desexualizing.
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British Dictionary definitions for sexualization

sexualize

/ˈsɛksjʊəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to make or become sexual or sexually aware
2.
to give or acquire sexual associations
Derived Forms
sexualization, sexualisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for sexualization
n.

1872, noun of action from sexualize.

sexualize

v.

1839, from sexual + -ize. Related: Sexualized; sexualizing.

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