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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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Related Words

surface, tile, brick, gravel, tar, flagstone, cobblestone, macadamize

British Dictionary definitions for macadamize



  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 macadamize


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

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