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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. 2018

Related Words for mechanize

motorize, industrialize, equip, rig

Examples from the Web for mechanize

Historical Examples of mechanize

  • "Tell the packers to mechanize their slaughtering," Gelsen said.


    Robert Sheckley

  • The action of reason, on the other hand, is to mechanize or materialize.

    Tragic Sense Of Life

    Miguel de Unamuno

  • To have skill at the piano, we must mechanize many performances.

    The Science of Human Nature

    William Henry Pyle

  • 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



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 mechanize

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

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