verb (used with object), rev·o·lu·tion·ized, rev·o·lu·tion·iz·ing.

to bring about a revolution in; effect a radical change in: to revolutionize petroleum refining methods.
to subject to a political revolution.

Also especially British, rev·o·lu·tion·ise.

Origin of revolutionize

First recorded in 1790–1800; revolution + -ize
Related formsrev·o·lu·tion·iz·er, nounqua·si-rev·o·lu·tion·ized, adjectiveun·rev·o·lu·tion·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for revolutionised

Historical Examples of revolutionised

  • "They say it's revolutionised," Miss Amabel offered anxiously.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • His whole being was to be changed, his life was to be revolutionised.

    The Young Duke

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Words have overturned dynasties and revolutionised kingdoms.

  • Richelieu crushed the Parlement and revolutionised the provincial administrations.

  • The genius of Corelli may be said to have revolutionised Violin-playing.

    The Violin

    George Hart

British Dictionary definitions for revolutionised



verb (tr)

to bring about a radical change inscience has revolutionized civilization
to inspire or infect with revolutionary ideasthey revolutionized the common soldiers
to cause a revolution in (a country, etc)
Derived Formsrevolutionizer or revolutioniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for revolutionised



1797, "to cause to undergo a (political) revolution;" see revolution + -ize. Transferred sense of "to change a thing completely and fundamentally" is first recorded 1799. Related: Revolutionized; revolutionizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper