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po·lar·ize / ˈpōləˌrīz/ • v. 1. [tr.] Physics restrict the vibrations of (a transverse wave, esp. light) wholly or partially to one direction: [as adj.] (polarizing) a polarizing microscope. 2. [tr.] Physics cause (something) to acquire polarity: the electrode is polarized in aqueous solution.3. divide or cause to divide into two sharply contrasting groups or sets of opinions or beliefs: [intr.] the cultural sphere has polarized into two competing ideological positions | [tr.] Vietnam polarized political opinion. DERIVATIVES: po·lar·iz·a·bil·i·ty / ˌpōləˌrīzəˈbilətē/ n.po·lar·iz·a·ble adj.po·lar·i·za·tion / ˌpōlərəˈzāshən/ n.po·lar·iz·er n.