Meaning of “polarize” in the English Dictionary

"polarize" in English

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polarizeverb [ T ]

UK usually polarise uk /ˈpəʊ.lə.raɪz/ us /ˈpoʊ.lə.raɪz/
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)

"polarize" in American English

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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

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)