polarize

To polarize is to divide. Something that's been polarized has been split into two sides that are so different, it seems as though they're from opposite ends of the earth — like the North Pole and the South Pole.

Political parties have long been polarized by different views and approaches to government. But you'll also find polarized soda devotees arguing over the merits of Coke vs. Pepsi. Any topic that is controversial can polarize a population, especially if the topic inspires either a fiercely "pro" or fiercely "con" reaction. Topics such as gun control and health care reform have been known to polarize Congress.

Primary Meanings of polarize

1.
v
cause to concentrate about two conflicting or contrasting positions
2.
v
cause to vibrate in a definite pattern
Full Definitions of polarize
1

v cause to concentrate about two conflicting or contrasting positions

Synonyms:
polarise
Type of:
disunite, divide, part, separate
force, take, or pull apart

v become polarized in a conflict or contrasting situation

Synonyms:
polarise
Type of:
divide, part, separate
come apart
2

v cause to vibrate in a definite pattern

polarize light waves”
Synonyms:
polarise
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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