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urbanize

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verb ur·ban·ize \ˈər-bə-ˌnīz\

Definition of urbanize

urbanized

urbanizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to take on urban characteristics <urbanized areas>

  3. 2 :  to impart an urban way of life to <urbanize migrants from rural areas>



Examples of urbanize in a sentence

  1. <every September the city of Boston urbanizes a new crop of college students from small towns across the country>



1884

First Known Use of urbanize

1884


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