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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.
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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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Historical Examples

  • The White Slave Traffic, about which we hear so much these days, is a direct result of this commercialization.

  • Its purpose was to streamline the commercialization of a farm product, and in this effort it was highly successful.

    Frying Pan Farm

    Elizabeth Brown Pryor

  • Commercialization has never affected any literature more than it has affected the American short story in the past.

  • The commercialization of brides is substantially universal, except in America.

  • It was another little thing they had picked up in our world, from our civilization,—the commercialization of art.

    The Pacific Triangle

    Sydney Greenbie


British Dictionary definitions for commercialization

commercialize

commercialise

verb (tr)
  1. to make commercial in aim, methods, or character
  2. to exploit for profit, esp at the expense of quality
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Derived Formscommercialization or commercialisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for commercialization

n.

1889, from commercialize + -ation.

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commercialize

v.

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

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