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verb (used with object), mac·ad·am·ized, mac·ad·am·iz·ing.
  1. to pave by laying and compacting successive layers of broken stone, often with asphalt or hot tar.
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Also especially British, mac·ad·am·ise.

Origin of macadamize

First recorded in 1815–25; macadam + -ize
Related formsmac·ad·am·i·za·tion, nounun·mac·ad·am·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for macadamise

Historical Examples

  • Do macadamise the frown from your brow in order to receive them.

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)

    Frederic G. Kenyon

British Dictionary definitions for macadamise



  1. (tr) to construct or surface (a road) with macadam
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Derived Formsmacadamization or macadamisation, nounmacadamizer or macadamiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for macadamise



1826, from macadam + -ize. Related: Macadamized; macadamizing.

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