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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For Hall, the industrialized, commercialized world often seemed an intrusion, like a neon sign along a dirt road. Hillel Italie,, "Prolific, painfully candid ex-poet laureate Donald Hall dies," 24 June 2018 This technology is now being commercialized by New Zealand company MARS Bioimaging Ltd, which is linked to two universities that helped develop it: Otago and Canterbury. Jajuan M. Morris-guity, Fox News, "First-ever color X-rays deliver astonishingly clear pictures for more accurate diagnoses, researchers say," 12 July 2018 The University of Houston's 74-acre Energy Research Park is being renamed the UH Technology Bridge and refocused on commercializing new technologies. Andrea Rumbaugh, Houston Chronicle, "UH Energy Research Park to refocus on tech commercialization," 4 June 2018 In a bid to fully commercialize space, last year President Trump convened the first National Space Council in a generation. Eric Roston,, "Trump hurries to cut red tape slowing the commercial space industry," 25 May 2018 The race to commercialize self-driving vehicles is often described as a potential trlillion-dollar opportunity. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Waymo V. Uber: What You Need To Know About the High-Stakes Self-Driving Tech Trial," 5 Feb. 2018 As downtown became denser and more commercialized, residents sold their homes and saw them subdivided into tenements or demolished for new construction, particularly on Bunker Hill, which once abounded with stately Victorians. Steve Carney,, "Architecture Spotlight: Victorian is a stately, though needy, grande dame," 16 June 2018 Miss America helped commercialize competition between women. Elizabeth Wellington,, "Here's to the day when being the prettiest girl in the room won't matter | Elizabeth Wellington," 13 June 2018 Last year, the company raised $5.8 million to commercialize the patch. Mike Feibus, USA TODAY, "Afraid of needles? These start-ups are working on alternatives," 8 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

: 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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