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.

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. 2019

Related Words for industrialize

motorize, equip, rig

Examples from the Web for industrialize

Contemporary Examples of industrialize

  • Still, as China races to industrialize, its government policies will likely exacerbate such problems.

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    China's Own Oil Disaster

    Dan Levin

    July 27, 2010

Historical Examples of industrialize

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


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

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


    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.


    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




(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 industrialize

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

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