verb (used with object), in·dus·tri·al·ized, in·dus·tri·al·iz·ing.
  1. to introduce industry into (an area) on a large scale.
  2. 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.
  1. to undergo industrialization.
  2. to follow or espouse industrialism.
Also especially British, in·dus·tri·al·ise.

Origin of industrialize

First recorded in 1880–85; industrial + -ize
Related formsin·dus·tri·al·i·za·tion, nounnon·in·dus·tri·al·ized, adjectiveo·ver·in·dus·tri·al·ize, verb, o·ver·in·dus·tri·al·ized, o·ver·in·dus·tri·al·iz·ing.sem·i-in·dus·tri·al·ized, adjectiveun·in·dus·tri·al·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for industrialised

Historical Examples of industrialised

  • That part of Germany was agricultural; not yet industrialised out of its charm.

    An Autobiography

    Elizabeth Butler

  • He read with entire approval what Plato wrote of industrialised Athens.

    The Victorian Age

    William Ralph Inge

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

    The Forerunners

    Romain Rolland

  • It has made one almost despair of industrialised England to see the great Australians pass in the streets of London.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for industrialised



  1. (tr) to develop industry on an extensive scale in (a country, region, etc)
  2. (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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