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[kuh-mur-shuh-lahyz] /kəˈmɜr ʃəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), commercialized, commercializing.
to make commercial in character, methods, or spirit.
to emphasize the profitable aspects of, especially at the expense of quality:
to commercialize one's artistic talent.
to offer for sale; make available as a commodity.
Also, especially British, commercialise.
Origin of commercialize
Related forms
commercialization, noun
commercializer, noun
decommercialization, noun
decommercialize, verb (used with object), decommercialized, decommercializing.
overcommercialization, noun
overcommercialize, verb (used with object), overcommercialized, overcommercializing.
quasi-commercialized, adjective
uncommercialized, adjective Unabridged
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  • The White Slave Traffic, about which we hear so much these days, is a direct result of this commercialization.

  • Its purpose was to streamline the commercialization of a farm product, and in this effort it was highly successful.

    Frying Pan Farm Elizabeth Brown Pryor
  • commercialization has never affected any literature more than it has affected the American short story in the past.

  • The commercialization of brides is substantially universal, except in America.

  • It was another little thing they had picked up in our world, from our civilization,—the commercialization of art.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • But in the tropics, where the dance and jollity are no private matters, there is something sterile in commercialization.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • Her people are an excitable, flaming people who may burst out in a spasmodic revulsion against their commercialization.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • The commercialization of certain exceptional talents has also produced exceptional incomes, direct and derivative.

    Preface to Androcles and the Lion George Bernard Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for commercialization


verb (transitive)
to make commercial in aim, methods, or character
to exploit for profit, esp at the expense of quality
Derived Forms
commercialization, commercialisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for commercialization

1889, from commercialize + -ation.



1830, from commercial (adj.) + -ize. Related: Commercialized; commercializing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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