[ur-buh-nuh-zey-shuh n]


the act or fact of urbanizing, or taking on the characteristics of a city: Urbanization has led to more air pollution and increasing childhood asthma.

Also especially British, ur·ban·i·sa·tion.

Origin of urbanization

Related formso·ver·ur·ban·i·za·tion, noun
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Historical Examples of urbanisation

  • Now urbanisation is going on even more rapidly in Germany than in England.

    Outspoken Essays

    William Ralph Inge

Word Origin and History for urbanisation

chiefly British English spelling of urbanization. For spelling, see -ize.



1888, noun of action from urbanize.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

urbanisation in Culture


The process by which cities grow or by which societies become more urban.

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