[ ur-buh-nahyz ]
/ ˈɜr bəˌnaɪz /

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

to make or cause to become urban, as a locality.


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Also especially British, ur·ban·ise.

Origin of urbanize

First recorded in 1635–45; urban + -ize


ur·ban·i·za·tion, nounnon·ur·ban·ized, adjectiveo·ver·ur·ban·ize, verb, o·ver·ur·ban·ized, o·ver·ur·ban·iz·ing.un·ur·ban·ized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for urbanize



/ (ˈɜːbəˌnaɪz) /

verb (tr)

(usually passive)
  1. to make (esp a predominantly rural area or country) more industrialized and urban
  2. to cause the migration of an increasing proportion of (rural dwellers) into cities

Derived forms of urbanize

urbanization or urbanisation, noun
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