polarize - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive/transitive] 

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/ˈpəʊləraɪz/
present tense
I/you/we/theypolarize
he/she/itpolarizes
present participlepolarizing
past tensepolarized
past participlepolarized
  1. to form two very different groups, opinions, or situations that are completely opposite to each other, or to cause this to happen

derived word

polarization

 

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/ˌpəʊləraɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun [uncountable]