transitive verb

au·​ton·​o·​mize ȯ-ˈtä-nə-ˌmīz How to pronounce autonomize (audio)
variants also British autonomise
autonomized; autonomizing; autonomizes
: 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
autonomization noun
also British autonomisation
The autonomization of the economy is a moral problem, as is the autonomization of morality. Peter Koslowski, Ethics of Capitalism, 1996

Word History


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

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of autonomize was in 1871

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