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[ur-buh-nuh-zey-shuh n] /ˌɜr bə nəˈzeɪ ʃən/
the act or fact of urbanizing, or taking on the characteristics of a city:
Urbanization has led to more air pollution and increasing childhood asthma.
Also, especially British, urbanisation.
Origin of urbanization
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overurbanization, noun Unabridged
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  • Now urbanisation is going on even more rapidly in Germany than in England.

    Outspoken Essays William Ralph Inge
Word Origin and History for urbanisation

chiefly British English spelling of urbanization. For spelling, see -ize.



1888, noun of action from urbanize.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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urbanisation in Culture

urbanization definition

The process by which cities grow or by which societies become more urban.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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