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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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 WaveSense, which is three years old, already is working with automakers and large suppliers to commercialize its technology, Hinrichs said. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "They used to be auto execs. Now their lives in Michigan are completely different," 31 July 2020 The technology was patented in the early 1960s, and broad efforts to commercialize lithium-sulfur batteries have been underway for more than a decade, including by startups like Oxis Energy. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Can Nikola Motor’s big battery promises be true?," 14 June 2020 Many similar efforts to commercialize new battery technology over the years have yet to bear fruit. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Can Nikola Motor’s big battery promises be true?," 14 June 2020 For years, diving companies such as Ocean Gate have commercialized diving expeditions to the wreck by making them available to tourists prepared to spend tens of thousands of dollars. Mélissa Godin, Time, "The Titanic Wreck Will Now Be Protected Under a 'Momentous Agreement' With the U.S.," 21 Jan. 2020 Motorbike helmets were commercialized in the 1950s, and the U.S. Department of Transportation issued standards for manufacturers in 1964. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Technology Sabotaged Public Safety," 10 Oct. 2019 Collins noted that commercializing halicin would take many months of study to evaluate its toxicity in humans, followed by multiple phases of clinical trials to establish safety and efficacy. Casey Ross, STAT, "Aided by machine learning, scientists find a novel antibiotic able to kill superbugs in mice," 20 Feb. 2020 And those tensions have become more strained as mahouts in Ban Ta Klang have watched their traditional way of life become commercialized by the profitable elephant entertainment industry. Kirsten Luce, National Geographic, "In this Thai village, life revolves around 300 captive elephants," 29 Oct. 2019 Also, there are too many familiar stories of iconoclastic rebels and a slight overproportion of well-to-do, English-speaking characters, given the milieu of residents in commercialized, cab-hailing Shanghai. Alec Ash, Washington Post, "A view of China, from the back — and front — seat of a cab," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of commercialize

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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3 Aug 2020

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“Commercialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of commercialize

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


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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