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verb (used with object), sub·ur·ban·ized, sub·ur·ban·iz·ing.
  1. to give suburban characteristics to: to suburbanize a rural area.
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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
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Examples from the Web for suburbanization

Historical Examples

  • Thus the process of urbanization has been modified by one of suburbanization.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 7


  • Suburbanization itself is based in social forces, and this is not a sociological report.

    The Nation's River

    United States Department of the Interior

British Dictionary definitions for suburbanization



  1. (tr) to make suburban
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Word Origin and History for suburbanization


1926, noun of action from suburbanize.

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1893, from suburban + -ize. Related: Suburbanized; suburbanizing.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

suburbanization in Culture



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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