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[ 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.


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Nearby words

revolutionary, revolutionary calendar, revolutionary war, revolutionary wars, revolutionist, revolutionize, revolutions of 1848, revolve, revolver, revolving, 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

Examples from the Web for revolutionizer

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

    The Voyage of Captain Popanilla|Benjamin Disraeli
  • The bicycle proved a revolutionizer of dress as well as a stimulus to outdoor exercise.

British Dictionary definitions for revolutionizer



/ (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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper