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Bal·kan·izeor bal·kan·ize (bôl′kə-nīz′)
tr.v. Bal·kan·ized, Bal·kan·iz·ing, Bal·kan·iz·es or bal·kan·ized or bal·kan·iz·ing or bal·kan·iz·es
1. To divide (a region or territory) into small, often hostile units.
2. To divide (an organization or system) into small, incompatible units: changes that would Balkanize the corporation.
[From the political division of the Balkan countries in the early 20th century.]
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (tr) to divide (a territory) into small warring states
2. to divide (a group or organization) into small factions
ˌBalkaniˈzation, ˌBalkaniˈsation n
ˈBalkaˌnized, ˈBalkaˌnised adj
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v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
to divide (a country, territory, etc.) into small, often quarrelsome states.
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Past participle: Balkanized
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|Verb||1.||Balkanize - divide a territory into small, hostile states|
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