Definition of dichotomize in English:

dichotomize

(also dichotomise)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Regard or represent as divided or opposed.

    ‘gender is dichotomized to give two and only two categories’
    • ‘I think there's a tendency in Australia to dichotomise the city versus the bush.’
    • ‘Academic performance was dichotomized into two categories: good grades (mostly As and Bs/mostly Bs and Cs) or bad grades (mostly Cs and Ds/mostly Ds and Fs).’
    • ‘Due to the small number of African-American participants, the variable race/ethnicity was dichotomized into minority and non-minority respondents.’
    • ‘Modernity has trained us to not just to distinguish inward from outward actions, but to dichotomize our inner and our outer selves.’
    • ‘First, dichotomizing effusions into exudates and transudates by using a single cutoff point loses much of the information contained in pleural fluid tests, which generate continuous numeric results.’
    • ‘For these analyses, the classes of diagnoses were not dichotomized since regression analyses are well equipped to handle continuous variables and would lend further sensitivity to the analyses.’
    • ‘When we dichotomized the results of this question into never smoking inside the house or smoking (always, usually, or occasionally) inside the house, there remained no difference between the two groups.’
    • ‘Unfortunately for Hoppe's thesis, I have no a priori theoretical reason for dichotomizing the results in the way I did.’
    • ‘The SF - 36 dimension representing role limitations due to emotional problems was dichotomised for analysis, since the original scale contains only four values.’
    • ‘In the present study, we dichotomized HIV-infected participants into high versus low basal cortisol secretors on the basis of a median split of the distribution of cortisol values.’
    • ‘‘Often bisexuals want to label themselves as lesbian or gay because occupying a middle ground is so difficult in a culture that dichotomizes sexual orientation and gender identity,’ she says.’
    • ‘Age was dichotomized to distinguish between preadolescents and adolescents.’
    • ‘In an effort to pin down good guys and bad guys, or otherwise to dichotomize different approaches, various paired terms have been offered.’
    • ‘The sample was dichotomized based on a median split of preferential negative encoding.’
    • ‘In fact, we had just as dichotomised a view as our parents did.’
    • ‘When social mating systems were dichotomized, extrapair chicks were twice as frequent in monogamous as in polygynous species.’
    • ‘Both of these variables were dichotomized.’
    • ‘This variable was dichotomized to represent inconsistent condom use (condom not used every time, coded 1) versus consistent condom use (condom used every time, coded 0).’
    • ‘Scores were dichotomized so that any numbered response to an item represented a ‘yes’ and any zero response to an item represented a ‘no.’’
    • ‘Thus, examining the experiences and desires of children may help highlight the incredible complexity of negotiations across dichotomized domains such as urban and rural, traditional and modern, material and emotional.’
    disunite, drive apart, break up, split up
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Pronunciation

dichotomize

/dʌɪˈkɒtəmʌɪz//dɪˈkɒtəmʌɪz/