col·​lec·​tiv·​ize kə-ˈlek-ti-ˌvīz How to pronounce collectivize (audio)
collectivized; collectivizing

transitive verb

: to organize by collectivism
collectivization noun

Examples of collectivize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From the 1920s onward, as part of a plan to collectivize agriculture, the Soviet Union determined that a vast swath of its Central Asian vassals would be given over to cotton. Henry Wismayer, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Aug. 2022

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Word History


borrowed from French collectiviser, from collectif collective entry 1 + -iser -ize

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of collectivize was in 1893

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“Collectivize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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