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“Motorized” or “Motorised”


Motorized and motorised are both English terms.


Motorized is predominantly used in 🇺🇸 American (US) English (en-US) while motorised is predominantly used in 🇬🇧 British English (used in UK/AU/NZ) (en-GB).

In terms of actual appearance and usage, here's a breakdown by country, with usage level out of 100 (if available) 👇:

Term US UK India Philippines Canada Australia Liberia Ireland New Zealand Jamaica Trinidad & Tobago Guyana
motorized 99 22 59 94 95 24 0 23 29 100 100 0
motorised 1 78 41 6 5 76 0 77 71 0 0 0

  • In the United States, there is a preference for "motorized" over "motorised" (99 to 1).
  • In the United Kingdom, there is a 78 to 22 preference for "motorised" over "motorized".
  • In India, there is a preference for "motorized" over "motorised" (59 to 41).
  • In the Philippines, there is a preference for "motorized" over "motorised" (94 to 6).
  • In Canada, there is a preference for "motorized" over "motorised" (95 to 5).
  • In Australia, there is a 76 to 24 preference for "motorised" over "motorized".
  • In Liberia, there is not enough data to determine a preference between "motorized" and "motorised".
  • In Ireland, there is a 77 to 23 preference for "motorised" over "motorized".
  • In New Zealand, there is a 71 to 29 preference for "motorised" over "motorized".
  • In Jamaica, there is a preference for "motorized" over "motorised" (100 to 0).
  • In Trinidad & Tobago, there is a preference for "motorized" over "motorised" (100 to 0).
  • In Guyana, there is not enough data to determine a preference between "motorized" and "motorised".

Below, we provide some examples of when to use motorized or motorised with sample sentences.


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Examples in Context

Examples of “motorized”

  • of commander of the 303rd Motorized Brigade.
  • Motorized submachine battalion;
  • speed focusing and interface to motorized, or robotic, focusing.
  • It is passable by most motorized vehicles and is closed only
  • process Rommel disperses 3rd Indian Motorized Brigade, some six hundred of
  • such as 119th and 191st Motorized Infantry Brigades with their older
  • XIV and XLVIII Army Corps (motorized) with five panzer divisions and
  • a pulling cutter – nowadays motorized).
  • guns are mounted on a motorized wheeled or tracked chassis (because
  • use of horses rather than motorized transportation.

Examples of “motorised”

  • African Infantry Battalion was a motorised infantry unit of the South
  • 105th Motorised Division Rovigo
  • of the 29th and 13th Motorised Infantry Divisions and some independent
  • der Panzertruppe Georg-Hans Reinhardt's XXXXI Motorised Corps of the German 12th
  • Units from the Pasubio motorised division attacked the neighboring city
  • The D-39 was a motorised version of the D-38 sailplane,
  • In addition to motorised transport, Formby is served by
  • division's constituent brigades, 7 SA Motorised Brigade, did take part in
  • 102nd Motorised Division Trento ( Francesco Scotti)
  • radar, a complex system of motorised gears and cams constantly shifted

(Examples are Wikipedia snippets under the CC ShareAlike 3.0 license.)

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