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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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  • It is too myself, like my earlobes and my throat, to commercialize by the day.

    I, Mary MacLane

    Mary MacLane

  • In 1880 he began to commercialize a two-cycle stationary engine.

    Automobile Biographies

    Lyman Horace Weeks

  • Early efforts to commercialize waterways materialized in 1790.

  • Money will not tempt him to commercialize his gaiety and regulate it to meet the morbid demands of the interloper.

    Europe After 8:15

    H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright

  • The Austrians do not commercialize their pleasure in the hope of wheedling dollars from American pockets.

    Europe After 8:15

    H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright

British Dictionary definitions for commercialize



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 commercialize


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

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