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[mek-uh-nahyz] /ˈmɛk əˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), mechanized, mechanizing.
to make mechanical.
to operate or perform by or as if by machinery.
to introduce machinery into (an industry, enterprise, etc.), especially in order to replace manual labor.
Military. to equip with tanks and other armored vehicles.
Also, especially British, mechanise.
Origin of mechanize
First recorded in 1695-1705; mechan(ic) + -ize
Related forms
mechanization, noun
mechanizer, noun
antimechanization, adjective
unmechanized, adjective Unabridged
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  • Don't you see that you can't cure human problems by mechanization?

    Watchbird Robert Sheckley
  • The mechanization of economics had become a common possession for everybody.

    The New Society Walther Rathenau
  • Work was being done by a puzzling combination of mechanization and musclepower.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
  • But mechanization is not of necessity all there is to habit.

  • mechanization most drastically altered life on the family farm.

    Frying Pan Farm Elizabeth Brown Pryor
  • For processing short-length wool fibers its mechanization proved most difficult to achieve.

  • In the place of the liberation of the spirit came the reaction; in the place of mechanization came the bureaucracy.

    The New Society Walther Rathenau
  • The two systems of mechanization were at their zenith, and the other countries looked, in political affairs, as slovenly as ever.

    The New Society Walther Rathenau
British Dictionary definitions for mechanization


verb (transitive)
to equip (a factory, industry, etc) with machinery
to make mechanical, automatic, or monotonous
to equip (an army, etc) with motorized or armoured vehicles
Derived Forms
mechanization, mechanisation, noun
mechanizer, mechaniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for mechanization

1834, from mechanize + -ation.

In our country, the ancient languages are studied, to a sad extent, as a mere exercise in the technics of etymology, syntax and prosody; and when thus pursued, there can be no good reason for so great a sacrifice of time and labor, or for that mechanization (if we may make a term) of mind which is the natural result. ["American Annals of Education and Instruction," December 1834]



1670s; see mechanic (adj.) + -ize. Related: Mechanized; mechanizing.

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