verb (used with object), mech·a·nized, mech·a·niz·ing.
  1. to make mechanical.
  2. to operate or perform by or as if by machinery.
  3. to introduce machinery into (an industry, enterprise, etc.), especially in order to replace manual labor.
  4. Military. to equip with tanks and other armored vehicles.
Also especially British, mech·a·nise.

Origin of mechanize

First recorded in 1695–1705; mechan(ic) + -ize
Related formsmech·a·ni·za·tion, nounmech·a·niz·er, nounan·ti·mech·a·ni·za·tion, adjectiveun·mech·a·nized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for mechanise



verb (tr)
  1. to equip (a factory, industry, etc) with machinery
  2. to make mechanical, automatic, or monotonous
  3. to equip (an army, etc) with motorized or armoured vehicles
Derived Formsmechanization or mechanisation, nounmechanizer or mechaniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for mechanise



1670s; see mechanic (adj.) + -ize. Related: Mechanized; mechanizing.

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