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revolutionize

[rev-uh-loo-shuh-nahyz]
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verb (used with object), rev·o·lu·tion·ized, rev·o·lu·tion·iz·ing.
  1. to bring about a revolution in; effect a radical change in: to revolutionize petroleum refining methods.
  2. to subject to a political revolution.
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Also especially British, rev·o·lu·tion·ise.

Origin of revolutionize

First recorded in 1790–1800; revolution + -ize
Related formsrev·o·lu·tion·iz·er, nounqua·si-rev·o·lu·tion·ized, adjectiveun·rev·o·lu·tion·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for revolutionize

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Historical Examples

  • That virtue applied to fencing should all but revolutionize the art.

    Scaramouche

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Believe me, son, those were the days when they knew how to revolutionize.

    Sonnie-Boy's People

    James B. Connolly

  • Seven persons were too few to attempt to revolutionize an empire.

    Darius the Great

    Jacob Abbott

  • A tommyhawk for me and no mop to marcelle if I try to revolutionize Indiandom.

  • If it succeeds, it will revolutionize the economic life of the country.

    The Conquest of Bread

    Peter Kropotkin


British Dictionary definitions for revolutionize

revolutionize

revolutionise

verb (tr)
  1. to bring about a radical change inscience has revolutionized civilization
  2. to inspire or infect with revolutionary ideasthey revolutionized the common soldiers
  3. to cause a revolution in (a country, etc)
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Derived Formsrevolutionizer or revolutioniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for revolutionize

v.

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.

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