at•om•izePronunciation: (at'u-mīz"), [key]
—v., -ized, -iz•ing.
to reduce to atoms.
to reduce to fine particles or spray.
to destroy (a target) by bombing, esp. with an atomic bomb.
to split into many sections, groups, factions, etc.; fragmentize: Critics say the group has atomized around several leaders. Also, esp. Brit.,at'om•ise".
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