or com·mod·i·tize


verb (used with object), com·mod·i·fied, com·mod·i·fy·ing.

to turn into a commodity; make commercial.
to treat as if a commodity.

Related formscom·mod·i·fi·a·ble, adjectivecom·mod·i·fi·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of commodifies

  • The market works, and when it works, it commodifies or obsoletes everything.


    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for commodifies


verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(tr) to treat (something) inappropriately as if it can be acquired or marketed like other commoditiesyou can't commodify art
Derived Formscommodification, noun
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Word Origin and History for commodifies



1971, back-formation from commodification. Related: Commodified; commodifying.

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