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[ kuh-mur-shuh-lahyz ]
/ kəˈmɜr ʃəˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), com·mer·cial·ized, com·mer·cial·iz·ing.

to make commercial in character, methods, or spirit.
to emphasize the profitable aspects of, especially at the expense of quality: to commercialize one's artistic talent.
to offer for sale; make available as a commodity.

Nearby words

commercial traveller, commercial vehicle, commercialism, commerciality, commercialization, commercialize, commie, comminate, commination, comminatory, commines
Also especially British, com·mer·cial·ise.

Origin of commercialize

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for commercialise

  • An offer was made to commercialise the invention, but Langley steadfastly refused it.

    A History of Aeronautics|E. Charles Vivian

British Dictionary definitions for commercialise



/ (kəˈmɜːʃəˌlaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to make commercial in aim, methods, or character
to exploit for profit, esp at the expense of quality
Derived Formscommercialization or commercialisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for commercialise



1830, from commercial (adj.) + -ize. Related: Commercialized; commercializing.

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