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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Many of these people felt that the holiday was overly commercialized. Ludmila Leiva,, "What Real Women Think You Should Spend On Valentine's Day," 14 Feb. 2020 During this period, Friend’s Day has also become more commercialized, with companies creating products for the holiday. Mélissa Godin, Time, "Why Valentine's Day in These European Countries Is All About Friendship," 12 Feb. 2020 While Space Cargo Unlimited’s starting point is novel, the idea of commercializing research in space isn’t. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "A French space startup is launching wine into orbit," 2 Nov. 2019 Our investment in Carbon Clean Solutions aims to help commercialize and scale carbon capture utilization and storage technologies, a key part of delivering on our commitment. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Chevron invests in carbon capture technology," 18 Feb. 2020 Even the university that receives the most research funding in the nation, Johns Hopkins, did some soul-searching when faculty who were trying to commercialize their findings complained about a lack of institutional support. Washington Post, "Think universities are making lots of money from inventions? Think again.," 17 Jan. 2020 TriAltus is a company formed to commercialize technology developed at UAB. William Thornton |, al, "Birmingham company spotlights work in gene editing field," 20 Jan. 2020 Mara was born in captivity in India — before 1970, it is believed — and was commercialized and held in captivity in Germany. Washington Post, "Mara the elephant to leave Argentina for Brazil sanctuary," 17 Jan. 2020 Others in the industry, along with many startups, are also developing and commercializing alternatives to cigarettes. André Calantzopoulos, Fortune, "Philip Morris Intl. CEO: Vaping needs sensible regulation—and tobacco companies should be part of the conversation," 16 Jan. 2020

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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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24 Mar 2020

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“Commercialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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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 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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