commercialize

verb

com·​mer·​cial·​ize kə-ˈmər-shə-ˌlīz How to pronounce commercialize (audio)
commercialized; commercializing

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
commercialization noun

Example Sentences

The company hopes to commercialize the drug next year.
Recent Examples on the Web By the mid-1990s, facial recognition was a hot technology, and several startups formed to commercialize it. Michael Fitzgerald, Discover Magazine, 25 Nov. 2015 Samsung Heavy plans to commercialize the technology beginning in 2028. Jeremy Beaman, Washington Examiner, 4 Jan. 2023 The lab technician and his colleagues at the Battery Innovation Center, about 90 minutes south of Indianapolis, are researching how to commercialize battery technology. Noah Biermanstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 Dec. 2022 These kinds of unforeseen risks are common when trying to commercialize a new technology. Akshat Rathi, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2022 The start-up is beginning to commercialize the technology, initially offering companies A.I.-powered assistants in fields like customer service for travel and research for drug discovery. Steve Lohr, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2022 The nearly $63 million grant will be used to expand the robotics cluster throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania by helping small businesses and entrepreneurs adopt and commercialize these technologies and upskilling workers. Kathleen Gallagher, Journal Sentinel, 22 Nov. 2022 Gleb has since founded a series of companies that commercialize his proprietary technologies, many of which capture molecules using their own minute electric charges. Jo Marchant, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Nov. 2022 Over the course of decades, his winery rediscovered 54 ancient grape varieties from Catalonia, including six good enough for Familia Torres to commercialize as wine. Ian Mount, Fortune, 30 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Commercialize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commercialize. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

commercialize

verb
com·​mer·​cial·​ize kə-ˈmər-shə-ˌlīz How to pronounce commercialize (audio)
commercialized; commercializing
1
: to manage for the sake of making a profit
2
: to use for profit
commercialize Christmas
commercialization noun

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