mechanize

[mek-uh-nahyz]

verb (used with object), mech·a·nized, mech·a·niz·ing.

to make mechanical.
to operate or perform by or as if by machinery.
to introduce machinery into (an industry, enterprise, etc.), especially in order to replace manual labor.
Military. to equip with tanks and other armored vehicles.

Nearby words

  1. mechanise,
  2. mechanism,
  3. mechanist,
  4. mechanistic,
  5. mechanization,
  6. mechanized,
  7. mechano-,
  8. mechanochemistry,
  9. mechanomorphism,
  10. mechanoreceptor

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

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British Dictionary definitions for mechanised

mechanize

mechanise

verb (tr)

to equip (a factory, industry, etc) with machinery
to make mechanical, automatic, or monotonous
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 mechanised

mechanize

v.

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

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