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 The quintessential drug of the modern industrial age, amphetamines arrived relatively late in the history of mind-altering substances—commercialized just in time for mass consumption during World War II by the leading industrial powers. Peter Andreas, Time, "How Methamphetamine Became a Key Part of Nazi Military Strategy," 7 Jan. 2020 Accusations have been leveled against the Wellcome Sanger Institute in the UK for allegedly attempting to commercialize data obtained from various African universities. Keymanthri Moodley, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s genetic material is still being misused," 23 Dec. 2019 Ron O’Brien, a spokesperson for Thermo Fisher in Waltham, Massachusetts, also claims the company did not commercialize the array. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Major U.K. genetics lab accused of misusing African DNA," 30 Oct. 2019 Building the spaceport, Machuca said, is an important step in keeping Houston relevant in the ever-changing aerospace industry, especially as spaceflight becomes commercialized. Jennifer Bolton, Houston Chronicle, "Spaceport infrastructure work underway at Ellington," 23 July 2019 The technology was quickly commercialized and made cheaply available to the public. K.n.c., The Economist, "Surveillance is a fact of life, so make privacy a human right," 13 Dec. 2019 Michael Jordan’s rise as a global marketing star helped commercialize sneaker culture. Jarrel Harris,, "Nine Basketball Sneakers That Defined the Past Decade," 20 Sep. 2019 Individuals may be making their data vulnerable by using poor password protection, but companies that amass and commercialize that data are the ones that ultimately bear the primary responsibility for its protection. Kristina Libby, Popular Mechanics, "The Data Decade: How We Were Bought and Stolen in the 2010s," 10 Dec. 2019 Ultimately, German researchers commercialized magnetic recording and came to dominate the industry. K.n.c., The Economist, "The value of freeing ideas, not just locking them up," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of commercialize

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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14 Jan 2020

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“Commercialize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 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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