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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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 Student-visa immigrants earn higher wages, receive more patents and commercialize more inventions. Philip J. Hanlon And Matthew J. Slaughter, WSJ, "Chinese Students Help America Innovate," 12 Nov. 2018 Though Asus may have relaunched the concept of a dual-display computer with Project Precog, Lenovo began commercializing the idea in 2016 with the original Yoga Book. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Lenovo's dual-display Yoga Book C930 boasts a bigger screen and better 'keyboard'," 30 Aug. 2018 As the debate over what to do with the International Space Station heats up, with a new NASA report casting doubt over the plans to commercialize it by 2025, the ultimate outcome could be its intentional crash landing into the Earth. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Death Star: The ISS Doesn’t Have a Way to Crash Safely," 30 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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