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polarize

verb [T] (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 (UK usually polarisation)     /ˌpəʊ.lə.raɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ US  /ˌpoʊ.lɚ.ə-/ noun [U] 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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