commercialize

verb
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 commercialization (audio) \ noun

Examples of commercialize in a Sentence

The company hopes to commercialize the drug next year.

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Laika hired Wald in 2016 and charged him with finding new opportunities to commercialize the studio’s movies, characters and its brand. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive.com, "Laika splits with its CFO after new film bombs," 5 June 2019 The big social-media companies, which often began with a dream of making WELL-like virtual communities at scale, have now become radically commercialized and devoted to surveillance at every level. Fred Turner, Harper's magazine, "Machine Politics," 10 Jan. 2019 The coalition has contracted with the investment bank Drexel Hamilton, which will commit between $5 million and $15 million of its own funds, to raise private capital, commercialize the project and secure a partner to operate the rail line. USA TODAY, "Arthur Ashe, missing Marilyn, pacifier-eating pup: News from around our 50 states," 21 June 2019 AcQMap was first commercialized in Europe and, in 2018 used in the U.S. for the first time. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cardiac device maker gets $170 million financing," 20 June 2019 The timeline for when quantum computers will be fully commercialized and ready for large-scale deployments is still up for debate. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "When Quantum Computing Meets AI: Smarter Digital Assistants and More," 23 May 2019 This historic martial art now centers around financial incentives and entertainment as Thailand’s culture becomes increasingly commercialized. National Geographic, "One man’s fight to save traditional Muay Thai boxing," 11 Apr. 2019 All are part of Brazil’s cultural heritage, but have never been commercialized on an international scale. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Franciso Costa Celebrates the Launch of his Skincare Line Costa Brazil," 9 Feb. 2019 Kroger’s plan to commercialize its futuristic shopping experience could provide a lift to Microsoft’s Azure cloud business, which is critical to Nadella’s ongoing efforts to reinvent the software pioneer. Dina Bass, The Seattle Times, "Kroger, Microsoft test futuristic grocery store in Redmond. Amazon, take note.," 7 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of commercialize

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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commercialize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of commercialize

disapproving : to use (something) as an opportunity to earn money
business : to make (something) available to customers

commercialize

verb
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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