intransitive verb-·ized·, -·iz·ing
[oftenb-] to break up into small, mutually hostile political units, as the Balkans after WWI
transitive verbBal·kan·ized, Bal·kan·iz·ing, Bal·kan·iz·es, or bal·kan·ized or bal·kan·iz·ing or bal·kan·iz·es
- To divide (a region or territory) into small, often hostile units.
- To divide (an organization or system) into small, incompatible units: changes that would Balkanize the corporation.
Origin of BalkanizeFrom the political division of the Balkan countries in the early 20th century
(third-person singular simple present balkanizes, present participle balkanizing, simple past and past participle balkanized)
- Alternative capitalization of Balkanize.