com·​mer·​cial·​ize | \ kə-ˈmər-shə-ˌlīz \
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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commercialization \ kə-​ˌmər-​sh(ə-​)lə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

Examples of commercialize in a Sentence

The company hopes to commercialize the drug next year.

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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 That was an important victory for Samsung because carriers such as Verizon Communications Inc. want to first commercialize 5G by using cellular antennas to beam high-speed internet into consumers’ homes. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "Behind Samsung’s Big Bet on 5G," 12 Sep. 2018 Speaking on Tuesday at an investor forum in Tokyo, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi predicted that his company’s Uber Air flying taxis will be commercialized and used widely within the next five to ten years. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Here's When Uber's Flying Taxis Might Actually Take Flight," 20 Feb. 2018 Unlike in America, where the drag scene has been visible for many years—even commercialized, thanks to the popularity of RuPaul’s Drag Race—the art is new in Georgia. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Meet Gerilyn, Tbilisi’s Queen of Drag," 21 Nov. 2018 But in its efforts to commercialize Japan’s launch industry, MHI has booked a few customers previously for the H-2A rocket. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Quietly, Japan has established itself as a power in the aerospace industry," 15 Nov. 2018 And as fandom has grown more commercialized, thus becoming more accessible and socially acceptable than ever, that inequality has been reinforced and even validated. Devon Maloney, The Verge, "How the first Wakandacon escaped the fan convention curse," 13 Aug. 2018 New technologies have commercialized — both solar and wind power, which increase the grid’s need for flexibility and size, and high-voltage transmission lines, which are capable of providing flexibility by carrying power over large distances. David Roberts, Vox, "A massive new study confirms a national energy grid would pay for itself.," 3 Aug. 2018 Most of the businesses along Route 66 these days are pretty commercialized, canned, and safe. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Long Live Route 66," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of commercialize

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of commercialize

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


com·​mer·​cial·​ize | \ kə-ˈmər-shə-ˌlīz \
commercialized; commercializing

Kids Definition of commercialize

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

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