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verb (used with object), rev·o·lu·tion·ized, rev·o·lu·tion·iz·ing.
  1. to bring about a revolution in; effect a radical change in: to revolutionize petroleum refining methods.
  2. to subject to a political revolution.
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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
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Historical Examples of revolutionizer

  • The bicycle proved a revolutionizer of dress as well as a stimulus to outdoor exercise.

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  • Now, in the Isle of Fantaisie, unfortunately for our revolutionizer, there was not a single grumbler.

British Dictionary definitions for revolutionizer



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



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.

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