[ mek-uh-nahyz ]
See synonyms for: mechanizemechanizedmechanization on

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.

  1. to introduce machinery into (an industry, enterprise, etc.), especially in order to replace manual labor.

  2. Military. to equip with tanks and other armored vehicles.

Origin of mechanize

First recorded in 1695–1705; mechan(ic) + -ize
  • Also especially British, mech·a·nise .

Other words from mechanize

  • mech·a·ni·za·tion [mek-uh-nahy-zey-shuhn], /ˌmɛk ə naɪˈzeɪ ʃən/, noun
  • mech·a·niz·er, noun
  • un·mech·a·nized, adjective

Words Nearby mechanize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mechanize in a sentence

  • There hasn’t been a method to mechanize it yet, so usually both the fruit and pit get crushed together in commercial processing.

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  • My goal has never been to over-mechanize the bookselling process.

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  • Because they raised a single crop, the managers of the bonanza farms found it easy to systematize and mechanize their work.

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  • But to mechanize the anchor-setting phase would destroy all that completely.

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  • They tried to mechanize and rationalize God, but God rebelled against them.

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  • Rural mechanics too idle to mechanize, rural servants too rebellious to serve, drifted or were forced into Mixen Lane.

  • Or they are reduced to a stereotyped repertory that is easy to mechanize, to automate, and finally, to do away with.

British Dictionary definitions for mechanize



/ (ˈmɛkəˌnaɪz) /

  1. to equip (a factory, industry, etc) with machinery

  2. to make mechanical, automatic, or monotonous

  1. to equip (an army, etc) with motorized or armoured vehicles

Derived forms of mechanize

  • mechanization or mechanisation, noun
  • mechanizer or mechaniser, noun

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