commercialize

verb
com·​mer·​cial·​ize | \ kə-ˈmər-shə-ˌlīz How to pronounce commercialize (audio) \
commercialized; commercializing

Definition of commercialize

transitive verb

1a : to manage on a business basis for profit
b : to develop commerce in
2 : to exploit for profit commercialize Christmas
3 : to debase in quality for more profit

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Other Words from commercialize

commercialization \ kə-​ˌmər-​sh(ə-​)lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce commercialization (audio) \ noun

Examples of commercialize in a Sentence

The company hopes to commercialize the drug next year.

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All are part of Brazil’s cultural heritage, but have never been commercialized on an international scale. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Franciso Costa Celebrates the Launch of his Skincare Line Costa Brazil," 9 Feb. 2019 Kroger’s plan to commercialize its futuristic shopping experience could provide a lift to Microsoft’s Azure cloud business, which is critical to Nadella’s ongoing efforts to reinvent the software pioneer. Dina Bass, The Seattle Times, "Kroger, Microsoft test futuristic grocery store in Redmond. Amazon, take note.," 7 Jan. 2019 Then, during the Great Depression, retailers made a push to commercialize the holiday in an attempt to make money during dire financial times. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "When Is Father's Day? Here's How Long You Have to Pick out the Perfect Gift for Dad," 3 Apr. 2019 Now their groups are commercializing the tests, which promise to be way more sensitive than some common diagnostic techniques and deliver results in hours, all remarkably inexpensively. Wired.com Staff, WIRED, "WIRED’S Predictions for Bots, Blockchains, Crispr, and More," 22 May 2018 Cruise is among the leaders in the industry’s race to commercialize self-driving vehicles. Mike Colias, WSJ, "GM President Dan Ammann to Take New Role as Head of Autonomous-Car Business," 29 Nov. 2018 The milestone is one of many signs that Waymo has a sizable lead in the race to commercialize driverless car technology. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo’s driverless cars have driven way mo’ miles than rivals’," 10 Oct. 2018 The team is looking for funding and strategic partners to help them commercialize the robot. Erin Biba, Popular Mechanics, "Robot, You Can Drive My Car," 8 Aug. 2018 Fan notes that the goal isn’t necessarily to commercialize and sell this exact device. Angela Chen, The Verge, "How solar panels could cool our homes while harvesting energy," 12 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of commercialize

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of commercialize was in 1830

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commercialize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of commercialize

disapproving : to use (something) as an opportunity to earn money
business : to make (something) available to customers

commercialize

verb
com·​mer·​cial·​ize | \ kə-ˈmər-shə-ˌlīz How to pronounce commercialize (audio) \
commercialized; commercializing

Kids Definition of commercialize

: to handle with the idea of making a profit commercializing a holiday

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