Definition of motorize in English:


(also motorise)


  • 1Equip (a vehicle or device) with a motor to operate or propel it.

    ‘a motorized wheelchair’
    • ‘We have enjoyed offering the first real computerized, motorized wheelchair; we have a huge market in that area.’
    • ‘Newer luxury houses have bomb shelters with bunk beds, dry toilets, motorized air-filtration systems and so forth.’
    • ‘The farming industry was crying out for a small motorised vehicle that could handle hills even a horse baulked at.’
    • ‘Since its introduction, the company has hired an army of lobbyists in an effort to get state and local governments to change laws that bar motorized vehicles from sidewalks.’
    • ‘Keep in mind that there are very few motorized vehicles there.’
    • ‘A lot of children die riding these motorized vehicles, and I've known quite a few of them.’
    • ‘As the automobile transformed American life, other motorized vehicles had profound effects as well.’
    • ‘It dates back to 1959 when motorized taxi cabs gradually replaced man-powered tricycles.’
    • ‘They fear the proposal will damage wildlife and nature conservation and that motorised vehicles will endanger people who already use country paths.’
    • ‘The signed petition was sent to the capital and voted through the legislature into a bill banning motorized vehicles on small ponds and lakes.’
    • ‘He was driving in his Land Rover, the only working motorized vehicle for miles.’
    • ‘First, by the 1940s most fish harvesters were using motorized boats and were thus able to fish more traps in a larger area.’
    • ‘The shops are within walking distance of several areas of retirement housing, many of whose residents now use motorised wheelchairs.’
    • ‘There hasn't been drama like this in the parking lot of a grocery store since two little old ladies fought over the last motorized shopping cart.’
    • ‘Read on to learn what motorized bikes are all about, and then you decide.’
    • ‘However, police say the miniature motorised vehicles are subject to the same legal requirements as a normal motor scooter.’
    • ‘All drivers and passengers should wear helmets that meet current standards for use while operating motorized vehicles.’
    • ‘The first motorised vehicle Sir Chris Bonington drove was a tank.’
    • ‘Most motorised wheelchairs have a top speed of 6mph.’
    • ‘He said motorbikes and other motorised vehicles would be prohibited from using the route but the scheme would be wheelchair and pram friendly.’
    automate, industrialize, computerize, equip with machines, tool
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  • 2Equip (troops) with motor transport.

    ‘three motorized divisions’
    • ‘Three of their six divisions are armoured with the rest being mechanised and motorised infantry.’
    • ‘Eleven divisions were engaged in the offensive (four infantry, four panzer, and three motorized divisions).’
    • ‘Most of the mechanized brigades were created from motorized infantry divisions in the forward corps.’
    • ‘These forces have some armor but rely on dismounted or motorized infantry for the bulk of their combat power.’
    • ‘By World War II armies were fully motorized and tanks played a major part in the North African Campaign and at the Eastern Front.’
    • ‘The situation turned around in the postwar period, when rifle divisions were reorganized as motorized rifle divisions.’
    • ‘Tanks are used in an offensive to support motorized infantry; they can also be used independently.’
    • ‘The ministry originally wanted to use an army motorized infantry battalion and an air defense battalion in the experiment.’
    • ‘In 1930 Weygand launched a programme to motorize seven infantry divisions and he initiated the creation of an armoured division in the cavalry in October 1933.’
    • ‘Most units going into Iraq now will go in as motorized infantry, mainly driving Humvees.’
    • ‘Thus, motorized rifle divisions have largely been replaced by motorized rifle brigades.’
    • ‘However, the Panzer Regiment destroyed a motorized column and an artillery battery before the French could withdraw.’
    • ‘Each of these is to comprise several operational brigades as well as special motorized units, and military support and servicing units.’
    • ‘World War II saw the development of motorized and armored divisions combining infantry, artillery, tanks, and air support.’
    • ‘The tactical air assault force can be reinforced with a motorized rifle battalion.’
    • ‘Four out of five motorized corps were placed in the first echelons of the assault groups.’
    • ‘I attended a very productive meeting for regimental and motorized rifle battalion scouts.’
    • ‘However, during the creation of the German Armored Force, Guderian's request to motorize heavy artillery battalions was turned down.’
    • ‘This was different from its usual role of supporting a motorised infantry battalion.’
    • ‘For him, armored divisions were too expensive, as was the necessity for motorized infantry.’
    • ‘On 8 March 1937, the motorized divisions started their attack.’
    travelling, transportable, transferable, portable, movable, locomotive, manoeuvrable
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