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

Examples of commercialize in a Sentence

The company hopes to commercialize the drug next year.
Recent Examples on the Web Sony first commercialized the lithium-ion battery in 1991. Wesley Chang, The Conversation, 5 Apr. 2024 In February, Microsoft announced a multi-year, $16.3 million partnership with Mistral focused on commercializing its flagship models and scaling up its AI development and deployment. Britney Nguyen, Quartz, 17 Apr. 2024 Quantum computing and world-class U.S. research universities have grown hand in hand, fostered by a policy environment that encourages scientists and entrepreneurs to commercialize academic research. Jungsang Kim, Fortune, 12 Apr. 2024 This being America, posture panic was swiftly commercialized, with a range of products marketed to appeal to the eighty per cent of the population whose carriage had been deemed inadequate by posture surveys. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 At first, the innovation didn’t spread outside of Germany because of World War II. Nor was 3M the first company to popularize magnetic media— that was Ampex, which commercialized the tape recorder in the late 1940s. IEEE Spectrum, 2 Apr. 2024 Tarnishing of Easter Today, however, this glorious day has been tarnished and commercialized so much so, that the story of Jesus’ resurrection has become second place to the story of the Easter bunny carrying a basket filled with goodies. Bea L. Hines, Miami Herald, 29 Mar. 2024 The model was commercialized in 2019 and is now part of Samsung’s Galaxy phone. IEEE Spectrum, 3 Mar. 2024 And dozens of companies around the world are developing and commercializing new tools to measure aging at different levels and new technologies, drugs and supplements to slow it down or even reverse it. Alex Zhavoronkov, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024

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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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“Commercialize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commercialize. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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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