- to make or cause to become urban, as a locality.
Also especially British, ur·ban·ise.
Origin of urbanize
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- (usually passive)
- to make (esp a predominantly rural area or country) more industrialized and urban
- to cause the migration of an increasing proportion of (rural dwellers) into cities
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Word Origin and History for urbanize
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