[ rev-uh-loo-shuh-nahyz ]
/ ˌrɛv əˈlu ʃəˌnaɪz /

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.

Nearby words

  1. revolutionary,
  2. revolutionary calendar,
  3. revolutionary war,
  4. revolutionary wars,
  5. revolutionist,
  6. revolutions of 1848,
  7. revolve,
  8. revolver,
  9. revolving,
  10. revolving charge account

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

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British Dictionary definitions for revolutionize



/ (ˌrɛvəˈluːʃəˌnaɪz) /

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 revolutionize



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