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.
To break up into small, mutually hostile political units, as the Balkans after WWI.
Alternative capitalization of Balkanize.
Origin of balkanize
- From the political division of the Balkan countries in the early 20th century
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition