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 commercialize (audio) \ noun

Examples of commercialize in a Sentence

The company hopes to commercialize the drug next year.
Recent Examples on the Web Wudao can also work with both images and text, and Tang has founded a company to commercialize it. Will Knight, Wired, 23 Aug. 2021 Murphy had a similar madcap idea to commercialize traditional herbal liqueurs the way amaro makers have in Europe with products like Campari, Cynar, and Ramazzotti. Mark Johanson, Bon Appétit, 23 Sep. 2021 Roche also announced an alliance with Adaptimmune to commercialize its cancer therapies. Trefis Team, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Collins hopes to commercialize the mask to sell for around $5. Simon Makin, Scientific American, 9 Sep. 2021 At least in the short term, helping female scientists commercialize their current research should boost the number of female inventors and the number of female-focused inventions. Rem Koning, The Conversation, 17 June 2021 Startups around the world are racing to raise money to commercialize cultivated animal protein—ranging from beef to kangaroo. Time, 17 Sep. 2021 Acquia was founded in 2007 as a way to commercialize Drupal, an open source content management system also founded by Buytaert., 8 Sep. 2021 Such enthusiasm seems warranted by the capabilities of these new AI programs, but the race to commercialize such language models may also move more quickly than efforts to add guardrails or limit misuses. Will Knight, Wired, 23 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of commercialize

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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15 Oct 2021

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“Commercialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of commercialize

: to use (something) as an opportunity to earn money
: 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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