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[suh-bur-buh-nahyz] /səˈbɜr bəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), suburbanized, suburbanizing.
to give suburban characteristics to:
to suburbanize a rural area.
Also, especially British, suburbanise.
Origin of suburbanize
First recorded in 1890-95; suburban + -ize
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suburbanization, noun Unabridged
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(transitive) to make suburban
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Word Origin and History for suburbanization

1926, noun of action from suburbanize.



1893, from suburban + -ize. Related: Suburbanized; suburbanizing.

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suburbanization in Culture
suburbanization [(suh-bur-buh-nuh-zay-shuhn)]

The establishment of residential communities on the outskirts of a city. In the United States, many suburbs were created after World War II, during a period of tremendous growth in population and industry. Suburban dwellers typically work in the cities but raise their families in a less-congested, safer, and more relaxed atmosphere. Especially in the United States, suburbanization often is associated with the sprawl of population.

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