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[in-duhs-tree-uh-lahyz] /ɪnˈdʌs tri əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), industrialized, industrializing.
to introduce industry into (an area) on a large scale.
to convert to the ideals, methods, aims, etc., of industrialism.
verb (used without object), industrialized, industrializing.
to undergo industrialization.
to follow or espouse industrialism.
Also, especially British, industrialise.
Origin of industrialize
First recorded in 1880-85; industrial + -ize
Related forms
industrialization, noun
nonindustrialized, adjective
overindustrialize, verb, overindustrialized, overindustrializing.
semi-industrialized, adjective
unindustrialized, adjective Unabridged
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  • But what is demanded in a highly militarized or industrialized nation goes far beyond this very moderate degree.

  • Kellonia had entered the age of industrialized culture, with the large individual owner a disappearing species.

    Alarm Clock Everett B. Cole
  • However, looking around the houses of the industrialized masses here, one can only be appalled at the inadequacy of civilization.

    The Soul of John Brown Stephen Graham
  • AIDS impacted on the sense of invulnerability, assumed by individuals in industrialized countries as almost a right.

  • "The same thing would happen in every industrialized nation on Earth," Artomonov went on.

    Damned If You Don't Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for industrialized


(transitive) to develop industry on an extensive scale in (a country, region, etc)
(intransitive) (of a country, region, etc) to undergo the development of industry on an extensive scale
Derived Forms
industrialization, industrialisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for industrialized



1852, from industrial + -ize, or else from French industrialiser (1842), from Medieval Latin industrialis. Related: Industrialized; industrializing.

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