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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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  • mechanized, you will be of value to me when the great day comes.

    The Copper-Clad World Harl Vincent
  • Some spits were mechanized with a cogged wheel and a weight at the end of a string.

  • The officers appeared like all the other people in the clockwork culture of the mechanized New System.

    The Victor Bryce Walton
  • Darkover is a civilized planet with a fairly high standard of living, but it is not a mechanized or a technological culture.

    The Planet Savers Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • mechanized milking equipment was also held in suspicion initially.

    Frying Pan Farm Elizabeth Brown Pryor
  • Perhaps our mechanized civilization is going to the dogs; as Scriven suspects and you and maybe I myself.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
British Dictionary definitions for mechanized


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 mechanized

in the military sense of "equipped with or using mechanical vehicles and weapons," 1928, from past participle of mechanize (v.).



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

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