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

Examples from the Web for industrialized

Contemporary Examples of industrialized

Historical Examples of industrialized

  • 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




(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 industrialized



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

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