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polarize

verb [T] uk (UK usually polarise)   /ˈpəʊ.lə.raɪz/ us    /ˈpoʊ-/
to cause something, especially something that contains different people or opinions, to divide into two completely opposing groups: The debate is becoming polarized and there seems to be no middle ground.Separating and dividing
polarization
noun [U] uk (UK usually polarisation)   /ˌpəʊ.lə.raɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us    /ˌpoʊ.lɚ.ə-/
The polarization of society into rich and poor can clearly be seen in the city centres.Class and class-consciousness in generalWealthiness and wealthyPoverty and poor
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