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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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  • 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


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
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Word Origin and History for revolutionize

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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