[ ur-buh-nahyz ]
/ ˈɜr bəˌnaɪz /
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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 .
OTHER WORDS FROM urbanizeur·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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How to use urbanize in a sentence
The state is diversifying and urbanizing at an incredible clip.What are the odds of Democratic wins in the Georgia runoffs?|Amber Phillips|November 6, 2020|Washington Post
In the large cities the urbanized working class were slaves to a plutocracy.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas|Clive Irving|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Every state in the United States is becoming more urbanized.Andrew Cuomo Ignores Rural New York|David Fontana|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Israel and Palestine—it cannot be stressed enough—exist in a globalized, networked, densely populated, urbanized land.Israelis and Palestinians: Getting Down To Business|Bernard Avishai|June 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Democrats dominate the urbanized coasts and the industrial Midwest.Starbucks’ Effort to Solve the Fiscal Cliff Probably Won’t Work|Daniel Gross|December 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He has food stamps and soup kitchens that provide him enough to eat, as do most homeless people in most urbanized areas.Officer’s Gift to ‘Homeless’ Man Triggers Controversy|Winston Ross|December 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Their minds have been urbanized; all their thoughts are city thoughts.Rural Life and the Rural School|Joseph Kennedy
Europe was transformed from an agricultural to an urbanized, industrial area.The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy|Theodore Lothrop Stoddard
British Dictionary definitions for urbanize
/ (ˈɜːbəˌnaɪz) /
- 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
Derived forms of urbanizeurbanization or urbanisation, noun
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