Word forms: sexualizes
Definitionsregional note: in BRIT, also use sexualiseverb
To sexualize something or someone means to make them sexual or consider them in a sexual way. [V n] ⇒ Referring to children's friends as girlfriends and boyfriends sexualizes them. [V-ed] ⇒ Rape is sexualised violence.
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