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 In early 2021, Jeeva Wireless, a startup founded in order to commercialize the underlying technology, will release its first chip. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Battery-Free, Energy-Harvesting Perpetual Machines: The Weird Future of Computing," 3 Oct. 2020 BrainChip’s processor can be used in applications for homes, transportation, health and the industrial sector, DiNardo said, adding that the company plans to commercialize it in Japan, the U.S., Europe and Australia. Jackie Edwards,, "Penny Stock’s 1,500% Jump Fueled by Reddit Left CEO Dumbfounded," 28 Sep. 2020 The company’s failings reflect a broader struggle within the industry to commercialize a technology with so much promise. Fortune, "Magic Leap tried to create an alternate reality. Its founder was already in one," 26 Sep. 2020 Nikola's defenders argue that the deceptions revealed by Hindenburg are old news because Nikola long ago abandoned plans to commercialize the Nikola One. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Nikola founder abruptly resigns amid fraud allegations," 21 Sep. 2020 Precision works with pharmaceutical and life sciences companies on clinical trials and to commercialize new products, according to its website. Kiel Porter,, "Blackstone Nears $2.3 Billion Precision Medicine Buyout," 21 Sep. 2020 Research into fusion, algae and carbon capture has been going on for decades, and many climate experts say those technologies could take decades more to commercialize. Clifford Krauss, New York Times, "U.S. and European Oil Giants Go Different Ways on Climate Change," 21 Sep. 2020 As part of the deal, Bayer will get exclusive rights to commercialize dorzagliatin in China. Jonathan Chan, STAT, "STAT China: Two more Hong Kong IPO filings, and Beijing’s latest drug price cuts," 25 Aug. 2020 Earlier this month, Scott and his collaborator, a chemist at Bristol named Neil Fox, created a company called Arkenlight to commercialize their nuclear diamond battery. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Are Radioactive Diamond Batteries a Cure for Nuclear Waste?," 31 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of commercialize

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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26 Oct 2020

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“Commercialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 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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