- 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.
Also especially British, mech·a·nise.
Origin of mechanize
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Related Wordscomputerization, industrialization, mechanization, machinery, automation, mechanics, robotics, telecommunications, division, uniformity, strictness, classification, standardization, harmonization, arrangement, regulation, command, organization, rigidity, grouping
Examples from the Web for mechanization
I think the century of the self has provided us with this: the mechanization of celebrity, the artist as a public collage.Interview: T Bone Burnett, the Coen Brothers’ Music Guru
December 13, 2013
The mechanization of society leads, inevitably, to a militant society.Ken Kesey’s Wars: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” at 50
July 26, 2012
Don't you see that you can't cure human problems by mechanization?Watchbird
The mechanization of economics had become a common possession for everybody.The New Society
Work was being done by a puzzling combination of mechanization and musclepower.The Syndic
But mechanization is not of necessity all there is to habit.Human Nature and Conduct
Mechanization most drastically altered life on the family farm.Frying Pan Farm
Elizabeth Brown Pryor
- to equip (a factory, industry, etc) with machinery
- to make mechanical, automatic, or monotonous
- to equip (an army, etc) with motorized or armoured vehicles
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Word Origin and History for mechanization
In our country, the ancient languages are studied, to a sad extent, as a mere exercise in the technics of etymology, syntax and prosody; and when thus pursued, there can be no good reason for so great a sacrifice of time and labor, or for that mechanization (if we may make a term) of mind which is the natural result. ["American Annals of Education and Instruction," December 1834]
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