What does polarize mean?

Definitions for polarizeˈpoʊ ləˌraɪz

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word polarize.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. polarize, polarise(verb)

    cause to vibrate in a definite pattern

    "polarize light waves"

  2. polarize, polarise(verb)

    cause to concentrate about two conflicting or contrasting positions

  3. polarize, polarise(verb)

    become polarized in a conflict or contrasting situation


  1. polarize(Verb)

    To cause to have a polarization.

  2. polarize(Verb)

    To cause a group to be divided into extremes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Polarize(verb)

    to communicate polarity to

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. polariser.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of polarize in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of polarize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jeb Bush:

    They say 'we want to polarize the West and force Muslims in the West to choose between leaving their faith and (joining) us,' we (Muslims) feel like we're out there on our own and we're not getting any help.

  2. House Speaker Paul Ryan:

    Maybe the way to win the debate is to play identity politics, never mind ideas. Maybe what you do is slice and dice the electorate: Demonize. Polarize. Turn out your voters. Hope the rest stay home, and I would just say, 'yes, it's possible we could win that way -- but to what end?'.

  3. Francisco Guzman:

    We're not going to involve ourselves in the (U.S. presidential) debate. We don't want to polarize, but we do want to have a positive institutional relationship as we've had in the past, the U.S.-Mexico relationship requires more bridges and fewer walls. The isolationist solution is not a solution at all.

  4. Spiro Agnew:

    [1. ] The era of appeasement must come to an end. The political and social demands that dissidents are making of the universities do not flow from sound basic educational criteria, but from strategic considerations on how to radicalize the student body, polarize the campus and extend the privileged enclaves of student power. [2. ] A concise and clear set of rules for campus conduct should be established, transmitted to incoming freshmen, and enforcedwith immediate expulsion the penalty for serious violations. [3. ] It is folly for universities confronted with their current crisis in our turbulent times to open their doors to thousands of patently unqualified students. [4. ] No negotiations under threat or coercion. [5. ] No amnesty for lawlessness or violence. [6. ] Any organization which publicly declares its intention to violate the rules of an academic community and which carries out that declaration should be barred from campus. [7. ] We must look to how we are raising our children. [8. ] We must look to the university that receives those children. Is it prepared to deal with the challenge of the nondemocratic Left?[9. ] Let us support those courageous administrators, professors and students on our college campuses who are standing up for the traditional rights of the academic community.

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