commercialize

[kuh-mur-shuh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), com·mer·cial·ized, com·mer·cial·iz·ing.
  1. to make commercial in character, methods, or spirit.
  2. to emphasize the profitable aspects of, especially at the expense of quality: to commercialize one's artistic talent.
  3. to offer for sale; make available as a commodity.
Also especially British, com·mer·cial·ise.

Origin of commercialize

Related formscom·mer·cial·i·za·tion, nouncom·mer·cial·iz·er, nounde·com·mer·cial·i·za·tion, nounde·com·mer·cial·ize, verb (used with object), de·com·mer·cial·ized, de·com·mer·cial·iz·ing.o·ver·com·mer·cial·i·za·tion, nouno·ver·com·mer·cial·ize, verb (used with object), o·ver·com·mer·cial·ized, o·ver·com·mer·cial·iz·ing.qua·si-com·mer·cial·ized, adjectiveun·com·mer·cial·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for commercialise

Historical Examples of 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

commercialize

commercialise

verb (tr)
  1. to make commercial in aim, methods, or character
  2. 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

commercialize

v.

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

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