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"polarize" in British English

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polarizeverb [T]

UK usually polarise uk   /ˈpəʊ.lə.raɪz/ us   /ˈpoʊ.lə.raɪz/
polarization
noun [U] UK usually polarisation uk   /ˌpəʊ.lə.raɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us   /ˌpoʊ.lɚ.əˈzeɪ.ʃən/
The polarization of society into rich and poor can clearly be seen in urban areas.
(Definition of polarize from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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polarizeverb [I/T]

us   /ˈpoʊ·ləˌrɑɪz/
  • polarize verb [I/T] (DIVIDE OPINIONS)

to cause people in a group to have opposing positions: [T] The property tax issue polarized the city council.
  • polarize verb [I/T] (LIGHT)

physics [T] to cause light to travel in a particular pattern, rather than going in all directions at once
polarization
noun [U] /ˌpoʊ·lə·rəˈzeɪ·ʃən/
(Definition of polarize from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"polarize" in Business English

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polarizeverb [T]

UK also polarise uk   /ˈpəʊləraɪz/ us  
to cause people or opinions to be divided into two opposing groups: The subject of interest rates continues to polarize the business community.
(Definition of polarize from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “polarize”
in Chinese (Simplified) 使两极分化,使截然对立…
in Chinese (Traditional) 使兩極分化,使截然對立…
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