Polarize meaning

pōlə-rīz
To become divided into two conflicting or opposing groups.

The town is polarizing into opposing factions over the issue.

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To acquire polarity.
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To cause to divide into two opposing groups, as through a disagreement over policy.
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To cause polarization of light or permit light of a certain polarization.
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To give polarity to; produce polarization in.
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To acquire polarity; specif., to separate into diametrically opposed, often antagonistic, groups, viewpoints, etc.
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To separate or accumulate positive and negative electric charges in two distinct regions. Polarized objects have an electric dipole moment and will undergo torque when placed in an external electric field.
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To magnetize a substance so that it has the properties of a magnetic dipole, such as having a north and south pole.
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To cause the electrical and magnetic fields associated with electromagnetic waves, especially light, to vibrate in a particular direction or path. The transverse electric and magnetic waves always vibrate at right angles to each other, but in ordinary unpolarized light sources, the direction of polarization of each wave is randomly distributed. Light can be polarized by reflection, and by passing through certain materials.
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(US) To cause to have a polarization.
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(US) To cause a group to be divided into extremes.
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Polarize is to force a something or someone to go in only one direction, or to cause people to divide into two very distinct groups.

When a special microscope forces the transverse waves created by a light to be focused only in one direction, this is an example of when it polarizes.

When a political leader pits one group of people in society against another using inflammatory speech, this is an example of when he polarizes the groups.

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To cause to divide into two conflicting or opposing groups.

The issue of slavery polarized the nation.

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