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

to give suburban characteristics to: to suburbanize a rural area.

Nearby words

  1. subunit vaccine,
  2. suburb,
  3. suburban,
  4. suburbanite,
  5. suburbanization,
  6. suburbia,
  7. suburbicarian,
  8. subvaginal,
  9. subvene,
  10. subvention

Also especially British, sub·ur·ban·ise.

Origin of suburbanize

First recorded in 1890–95; suburban + -ize

Related formssub·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




(tr) to make suburban
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Word Origin and History for suburbanization
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Culture definitions for suburbanization



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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