transitive verb
au·​ton·​o·​mize | \ ȯ-ˈtä-nə-ˌmīz How to pronounce autonomize (audio) \
variants: also British autonomise
autonomized; autonomizing; autonomizes

Definition of autonomize

: to make (something) autonomous … over time some systems of rules become autonomized as legal systems.— Michael Kaern et al., Georg Simmell and Contemporary Sociology, 1990 … the present regime has deregulated and autonomized the financial institutions which is a hallmark towards economic revival.Pakistan Newswire, 10 Apr. 2002

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Other Words from autonomize

autonomization also British autonomisation \ ȯ-​ˌtä-​nə-​mə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce autonomize (audio) , -​ˌmī-​ˈzā-​ \ noun
The autonomization of the economy is a moral problem, as is the autonomization of morality. — Peter Koslowski, Ethics of Capitalism, 1996

First Known Use of autonomize

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for autonomize

autonom(ous) + -ize (perhaps after French autonomiser)

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“Autonomize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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