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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
First recorded in 1790-1800; revolution + -ize
Related forms
revolutionizer, noun
quasi-revolutionized, adjective
unrevolutionized, adjective Unabridged
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  • War had been revolutionised, and our old calculations of effectives and losses must go by the board.

    Sonia Married Stephen McKenna
  • Richelieu crushed the Parlement and revolutionised the provincial administrations.

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey
  • These conditions were revolutionised before the end of the Tertiary.

    The Story of Evolution Joseph McCabe
  • "They say it's revolutionised," Miss Amabel offered anxiously.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • But on this point the inscriptions of Cyrus have revolutionised our knowledge.

  • His whole being was to be changed, his life was to be revolutionised.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • The whole conditions of bird-life in the marisma had been revolutionised within a couple of hours.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • He swept away conventions and revolutionised art all over the world.

    Venice Dorothy Menpes
  • We forget that he made the ancient symbol the starting-point of a revolutionised doctrine.

    On Compromise John Morley
  • They demanded one thing only—that the Army should not be revolutionised from the top.

    The Russian Turmoil Anton Ivanovich Denikin
British Dictionary definitions for revolutionised


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 revolutionised



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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