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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for mechanize
Historical Examples
  • "Tell the packers to mechanize their slaughtering," Gelsen said.

    Watchbird Robert Sheckley
  • The action of reason, on the other hand, is to mechanize or materialize.

    Tragic Sense Of Life Miguel de Unamuno
  • To have skill at the piano, we must mechanize many performances.

    The Science of Human Nature William Henry Pyle
  • Rural mechanics too idle to mechanize, rural servants too rebellious to serve, drifted or were forced into Mixen Lane.

  • Or they are reduced to a stereotyped repertory that is easy to mechanize, to automate, and finally, to do away with.

  • But to mechanize the anchor-setting phase would destroy all that completely.


    Randall Garrett
  • Because they raised a single crop, the managers of the bonanza farms found it easy to systematize and mechanize their work.

    North Dakota Various
  • They tried to mechanize and rationalize God, but God rebelled against them.

    Tragic Sense Of Life Miguel de Unamuno
British Dictionary definitions for mechanize


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 mechanize

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

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