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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Cruise is among the leaders in the industry’s race to commercialize self-driving vehicles. Mike Colias, WSJ, "GM President Dan Ammann to Take New Role as Head of Autonomous-Car Business," 29 Nov. 2018 The milestone is one of many signs that Waymo has a sizable lead in the race to commercialize driverless car technology. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo’s driverless cars have driven way mo’ miles than rivals’," 10 Oct. 2018 The team is looking for funding and strategic partners to help them commercialize the robot. Erin Biba, Popular Mechanics, "Robot, You Can Drive My Car," 8 Aug. 2018 Fan notes that the goal isn’t necessarily to commercialize and sell this exact device. Angela Chen, The Verge, "How solar panels could cool our homes while harvesting energy," 12 Nov. 2018 That was an important victory for Samsung because carriers such as Verizon Communications Inc. want to first commercialize 5G by using cellular antennas to beam high-speed internet into consumers’ homes. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "Behind Samsung’s Big Bet on 5G," 12 Sep. 2018 Speaking on Tuesday at an investor forum in Tokyo, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi predicted that his company’s Uber Air flying taxis will be commercialized and used widely within the next five to ten years. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Here's When Uber's Flying Taxis Might Actually Take Flight," 20 Feb. 2018 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

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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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