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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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  • That is, you have brought Texcoco and Genoa to an industrialized culture.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • India does not need to be industrialized in the modern sense of the term.

    The Wheel of Fortune

    Mahatma Gandhi

  • Kellonia had entered the age of industrialized culture, with the large individual owner a disappearing species.

    Alarm Clock

    Everett B. Cole

  • AIDS impacted on the sense of invulnerability, assumed by individuals in industrialized countries as almost a right.

  • The goal is to enlist all available economic resources in the industrialized Free World-especially private investment capital.

British Dictionary definitions for industrialized



  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 industrialized



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

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