Meaning of polarize

po•lar•ize

Pronunciation: (pō'lu-rīz"), [key]
— v., -ized, -iz•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to cause polarization in.
  2. to divide into sharply opposing factions, political groups, etc.: The controversy has polarized voters into proabortion and antiabortion groups.
  3. to give polarity to.
—v.i.
  1. to become polarized.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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