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

Definition of collectivize

transitive verb

: to organize by collectivism

Other Words from collectivize

collectivization \ kə-​ˌlek-​ti-​və-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce collectivize (audio) \ noun

Examples of collectivize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union, farms were collectivized with all land in state hands. Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2019 The authorities collectivized agriculture and broke down institutions of civil society. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 24 Aug. 2019 The way to make more walruses and reindeer was to collectivize their herding and killing. Bathsheba Demuth, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2019 Is doing so essential somehow for society’s psychological well-being, an attempt to collectivize experience increasingly diffused by the distractions of the internet? Alyson Krueger, New York Times, 2 Aug. 2019 At the same time, a hairy Marxist academic who's been hanging around the factory tries to persuade the workers to collectivize and run the place themselves, a notion that soon collides with their unenlightened self-interest. Chicago Reader, 7 Mar. 2018 The seeds of the disaster were sown when Stalin collectivized the vast farmlands of Ukraine in 1929, systematically ending not only local farming autonomy but all aspects of local autonomy, from village government to inheritance laws. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Oct. 2017 To understand where ObamaCare is vulnerable, first consider why President Obama succeeded in collectivizing American health care when President Clinton had failed. Phil Gramm, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2017 The government does not collectivize all the farms in the country and determine what should be grown, how much should be grown and what farmers will be paid for their crops. Alaska Dispatch News, 19 July 2017 See More

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First Known Use of collectivize

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for collectivize

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

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“Collectivize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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