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industrialize

[in-duhs-tree-uh-lahyz]
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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.
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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.
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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
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Examples from the Web for industrialize

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  • She tried to industrialize and had the support of the free nations.

    Adaptation

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Remember, we've been helping to industrialize the west, too.

    Adaptation

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Pin an apron on her in the morning, Katy, and hand her a dust cloth and tell her to industrialize.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Eight years ago, India and China both set out to industrialize themselves.

    Revolution

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • They're trying to industrialize, modernize, catch up with the advanced countries.

    I'm a Stranger Here Myself

    Dallas McCord Reynolds


British Dictionary definitions for industrialize

industrialize

industrialise

verb
  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
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Derived Formsindustrialization or industrialisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for industrialize

v.

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

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