[ fi-nan-shuh-luh-zey-shuhn, fahy‐ ]
/ fɪˈnæn ʃə ləˈzeɪ ʃən, faɪ‐ /


an increase in the role of financial institutions, markets, and executives in a nation’s economy, and its subsequent dominance over the traditional economics of industry and agriculture: The forces of modern financialization have become irresistible.

Nearby words

  1. financial services authority,
  2. financial times industrial ordinary share index,
  3. financial times stock exchange 100 index,
  4. financial times stock exchange eurotrack 100 index,
  5. financial year,
  6. financially,
  7. financier,
  8. financing,
  9. financing gap,
  10. financière

Origin of financialization

First recorded in 1970–75; financial + -ization

Related formsfi·nan·cial·ize, verb (used with or without object), fi·nan·cial·ized, fi·nan·cial·iz·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019