Definition of politicize in US English:


(British politicise)


[with object]often as adjective politicized
  • 1Cause (an activity or event) to become political in character.

    ‘art was becoming politicized’
    ‘attempts to politicize America's curricula’
    • ‘In the process, they've done German popular culture quite a service, politicizing an event that had long slipped under the radar of public debate in the country.’
    • ‘Plus he's concerned that the Republicans may be politicizing the political process.’
    • ‘This is extremely important as any campaign where one (individual or collectivity) is attempting to achieve a political objective (tuition decreases) must politicise the process.’
    • ‘When people protest the way the Administration is let off the hook until the election, of course, the charge will be that they are attempting to politicize the process.’
    • ‘This is hardly a circumstance that should be welcomed in the academic disciplines, as it echoes the partisan and highly politicized award process set up at the National Endowment for the Humanities a dozen years ago.’
    • ‘Another reason why British deaths have become a bigger issue even as there has been relatively fewer of them is that sections of the anti-war movement and anti-war commentators have cynically politicised these deaths.’
    • ‘If Democrats have politicized the scandal and exaggerated it, Republicans have inexcusably tried to whitewash it.’
    • ‘So as you can imagine the company's work is highly politicized.’
    • ‘Some have argued that the ministry opened the bid at a time when the legislature is in recess because the ministry didn't want lawmakers to step in and politicize the privatization process.’
    • ‘If textbook screening is politicized, confidence in the censorship system itself will be lost.’
    • ‘Politicians are bound to politicize this disaster, as they do with all other world events, in a way that helps them accumulate more power and confiscate more wealth from their citizens.’
    • ‘His edict achieved the opposite effect of what he intended, politicizing an apolitical event.’
    • ‘The case serves as yet another reminder of how sadly politicized the confirmation process too often becomes in today's political climate.’
    • ‘The spectacle emphasised how much he seeks to transform our style and substance by politicising every event for its propaganda potential in a divided Australia.’
    • ‘The implicit presumption was always that politicised corrections for market failures would work perfectly.’
    • ‘Nuns, in contrast to their male counterparts, not only politicised their activities but did so with a new feminist consciousness.’
    • ‘Universities are centres of freedom of speech, granted, but we have to admit that this is a hugely politicized event being proposed at the one campus in Canada where this issue has exploded into violence.’
    • ‘If judges are horribly political, politicized opposition to nominees is called for.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, we have politicized the process of divorce, so abuse and bias will be even stronger now.’
    • ‘All political parties, those in government and the ones in the opposition have worked to politicise the budget process so much that it has become a public spectacle rather than the hard-headed public accounting process it should be.’
    1. 1.1 Make (someone) politically aware, especially by persuading them of the truth of views considered radical.
      ‘we successfully politicized a generation of women’
      • ‘She was politicised in the mid-1980s when the miners' strike tore apart communities like the one in which she'd grown up.’
      • ‘In 1976 Soweto happened, and South African boys and girls spilled across the border into Lesotho, politicising us even more.’
      • ‘He was politicised from an early age, when he first started listening to reggae and dub music.’
      • ‘Four undercover agents in China were working to politicise the workers, to get them to revolt against their exploitation.’
      • ‘When either party tries to politicize God or co-opt religious communities, it makes a terrible mistake.’
      • ‘It was a short step from such mainstream reportage to the reports of the FBI files, in which, as shown below, the FBI branded Baker as a serious threat and thoroughly racialized and politicized her.’
      • ‘The polarizing of the population has been a wondrous gift to debate, and we are more politicized and aware than ever before.’
      • ‘What it did was politicise our audience which at the time were predominately young people unfamiliar with trade unionism and often hostile to it from an anarchist perspective.’
      • ‘Anyone proposing such a project, which in effect aims to politicize young people, is inevitably warily received and closely scrutinized.’
      • ‘And the people that are your political opponents will politicize anybody you appoint anyway.’
      • ‘I was never politicized before that, but I had to come to grips with this latent fascism, otherwise I couldn't have unfolded as an artist at all.’
      • ‘The family was politicized as the foundation of patriarchal power.’
      • ‘After living with conflict for so long, the East Timorese are a highly politicised people.’
      • ‘Angry young men were politicized, while rebellious young women were sexualized.’
      • ‘A lot of those students were politicised by a program that was run by the mainstream union movement, but then they we saw these students themselves take the issue a lot further and a lot faster perhaps than the mainstream unions had been.’
      • ‘In the ‘golden age of activism,’ students became politicized by direct experience.’
      • ‘Rather than embittering or psychopathologizing him, his rape had politicized him, giving him a terrifying lucid insight into the idiotic evil of the male sex drive.’
      • ‘But it also politicized us by brutally and bitterly fracturing our community.’
      • ‘Many women were politicized by the Republic's anticlerical policies, both ideologically, if they were practising Catholics, and practically, for example if their children were at schools run by religious orders.’
      • ‘Women were politicised by the strike, and those who attended the conference hold true to those politics, despite the difficulties with which New Labour present them.’
    2. 1.2no object Engage in or talk about politics.