dichotomize

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek διχότομος (dikhótomos) +‎ -ize.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

dichotomize (third-person singular simple present dichotomizes, present participle dichotomizing, simple past and past participle dichotomized)

  1. (transitive) To separate into two parts or classifications.
    • Bishop Hall
      The apostolical benediction dichotomizes all good things into grace and peace.
    • 2011, Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Penguin 2012, p. 49:
      Also, societies cannot be dichotomized into hunter-gatherer bands and agricultural civilizations.
  2. (intransitive) To be divided into two.
  3. (astronomy) To exhibit as a half disk.
    • Whewell
      [The moon] was dichotomized.

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