[ur-buh-nuh-zey-shuh n]


the act or fact of urbanizing, or taking on the characteristics of a city: Urbanization has led to more air pollution and increasing childhood asthma.

Also especially British, ur·ban·i·sa·tion.

Origin of urbanization

Related formso·ver·ur·ban·i·za·tion, noun
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Word Origin and History for overurbanization



1888, noun of action from urbanize.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

overurbanization in Culture


The process by which cities grow or by which societies become more urban.

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