suburbanize

[suh-bur-buh-nahyz]

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 formssub·ur·ban·i·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for suburbanize

suburbanize

suburbanise

verb

(tr) to make suburban
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Word Origin and History for suburbanize
v.

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

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