[ in-duhs-tree-uh-lahyz ]
/ ɪnˈdʌs tri əˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), in·dus·tri·al·ized, in·dus·tri·al·iz·ing.

to introduce industry into (an area) on a large scale.
to convert to the ideals, methods, aims, etc., of industrialism.

verb (used without object), in·dus·tri·al·ized, in·dus·tri·al·iz·ing.

to undergo industrialization.
to follow or espouse industrialism.

Nearby words

  1. industrialisation,
  2. industrialise,
  3. industrialism,
  4. industrialist,
  5. industrialization,
  6. industrialized,
  7. industrials,
  8. industrious,
  9. industriously,
  10. industry

Also especially British, in·dus·tri·al·ise.

Origin of industrialize

First recorded in 1880–85; industrial + -ize

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for industrialised

  • He gives striking examples of what he terms "industrialised diplomacy."

    The Forerunners|Romain Rolland
  • He read with entire approval what Plato wrote of industrialised Athens.

    The Victorian Age|William Ralph Inge
  • It has made one almost despair of industrialised England to see the great Australians pass in the streets of London.

    Another Sheaf|John Galsworthy
  • That part of Germany was agricultural; not yet industrialised out of its charm.

    An Autobiography|Elizabeth Butler

British Dictionary definitions for industrialised



/ (ɪnˈdʌstrɪəˌlaɪz) /


(tr) to develop industry on an extensive scale in (a country, region, etc)
(intr) (of a country, region, etc) to undergo the development of industry on an extensive scale
Derived Formsindustrialization or industrialisation, noun

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Word Origin and History for industrialised



1852, from industrial + -ize, or else from French industrialiser (1842), from Medieval Latin industrialis. Related: Industrialized; industrializing.

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