[ suh-bur-buh-nahyz ]
/ səˈbɜr bəˌnaɪz /

verb (used with object), sub·ur·ban·ized, sub·ur·ban·iz·ing.

to give suburban characteristics to: to suburbanize a rural area.
Also especially British, sub·ur·ban·ise.

Origin of suburbanize

First recorded in 1890–95; suburban + -ize

Related forms

sub·ur·ban·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for suburbanization



/ (sʌˈbɜːbəˌnaɪz) /


(tr) to make suburban
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Culture definitions for suburbanization


[ (suh-bur-buh-nuh-zay-shuhn) ]

The establishment of residential communities on the outskirts of a city. In the United States, many suburbs were created after World War II, during a period of tremendous growth in population and industry. Suburban dwellers typically work in the cities but raise their families in a less-congested, safer, and more relaxed atmosphere. Especially in the United States, suburbanization often is associated with the sprawl of population.

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