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unionize

[yoon-yuh-nahyz] /ˈyun yəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), unionized, unionizing.
1.
to form into a union.
2.
to organize into a labor union; bring into or incorporate in a labor union.
3.
to subject to the rules of a labor union.
verb (used without object), unionized, unionizing.
4.
to form a union.
5.
to join in a labor union.
Also, especially British, unionise.
Origin of unionize
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45; union + -ize
Related forms
unionization, noun
unionizer, noun
overunionize, verb, overunionized, overunionizing.
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  • Did Mr. Kane promise to grant every demand, except only unionization?

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  • The company had refused to accede to the demands for unionization, even with a waiver of all other claims.

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  • They agree to consider every one of our demands, provided only we don't insist on the demand for unionization.

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  • It was a lost opportunity that unquestionably cost the unionization of the steel industry.

British Dictionary definitions for unionization

unionize

/ˈjuːnjəˌnaɪz/
verb
1.
to organize (workers) into a trade union
2.
to join or cause to join a trade union
3.
(transitive) to subject to the rules or codes of a trade union
4.
to join or become joined in marriage or civil partnership
Derived Forms
unionization, unionisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for unionization

unionize

v.

"make into a union," 1841, from union + -ize. Related: Unionized; unionizing.

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