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[rev-uh-loo-shuh-nahyz] /ˌrɛv əˈlu ʃəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), revolutionized, revolutionizing.
to bring about a revolution in; effect a radical change in:
to revolutionize petroleum refining methods.
to subject to a political revolution.
Also, especially British, revolutionise.
Origin of revolutionize
1790-1800; revolution + -ize
Related forms
revolutionizer, noun
quasi-revolutionized, adjective
unrevolutionized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for revolutionise
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  • It was almost irresistibly fascinating to think how immensely a few words from him would excite and revolutionise Minnie.

  • Photography and printing have combined to revolutionise the art of illustration.

    Inventions in the Century William Henry Doolittle
  • In the moral world you cannot pull down except by gentleness—you cannot revolutionise except by sympathy.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Even as it stands, it will revolutionise not merely our modes of travel, but our industries.

    A Trip to Venus John Munro
  • If he stayed long enough, he might revolutionise the hours of London.

    Before and after Waterloo Edward Stanley
  • Finding that he was making no progress along the orthodox lines of attack, he now decided to revolutionise his methods.

    An Old New Zealander T. Lindsay Buick
  • I intend him when full grown to revolutionise society and faire époque in history.

    Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle Clement K. Shorter
  • Take these plain principles, and honestly fit them to your characters and lives, and you will revolutionise both.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • If it's what he thinks—if he can really cast his brass patterns without air-holes—it will revolutionise our business.

    April Hopes William Dean Howells
  • Miss Kate Vaughan, at the Gaiety, is already beginning to revolutionise stage dancing, making it at once graceful and decorous.

    A Book of Burlesque Willam Davenport Adams
British Dictionary definitions for revolutionise


verb (transitive)
to bring about a radical change in: science has revolutionized civilization
to inspire or infect with revolutionary ideas: they revolutionized the common soldiers
to cause a revolution in (a country, etc)
Derived Forms
revolutionizer, revolutioniser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for revolutionise



1797, "to cause to undergo a (political) revolution;" see revolution + -ize. Transferred sense of "to change a thing completely and fundamentally" is first recorded 1799. Related: Revolutionized; revolutionizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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