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 The Federal Communications Commission unveiled a plan Tuesday to commercialize licenses in the Educational Broadband Service. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "5G Push Slowed by Squabbles Over ‘Sweet Spot’ of U.S. Airwaves," 20 June 2019 According to the press release from Juul, Crosthwaite played an instrumental part in commercializing IQOS and preparing it for launch in the US. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Juul’s new CEO is a Big Tobacco veteran," 25 Sep. 2019 Hyundai Motor and its affiliate Kia aim to commercialize autonomous vehicles in some cities from 2021 and have a goal of launching fully driverless vehicles by 2030. Los Angeles Times, "Hyundai to set up $4-billion joint venture to develop driverless cars," 23 Sep. 2019 If commercialized, these routes would become the longest in the world at about 19 hours. Jay L. Zagorsky, The Conversation, "Why would anyone want to sit on a plane for over 18 hours? An economist takes the world’s longest flight," 28 Aug. 2019 If commercialized, such membranes could benefit biofuel companies that make ethanol from corn, McGinnis and others say. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "This former playwright aims to turn solar and wind power into gasoline," 3 July 2019 Rio Tinto and Alcoa’s Elysis technology, if commercialized, will be the first significant shift in the way aluminum is made in more than a century. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "Miners Test Greener Ways to Dig," 16 July 2018 The project could take decades to fully commercialize but has the potential to revolutionize electricity. Andrew Blum, Time, "The Tech Innovations We Need to Happen if We're Going to Survive Climate Change," 12 Sep. 2019 Copyright enforcement is essential to ensure that these artists, writers, musicians and other creators are able to commercialize their creative work in order to earn a livelihood. Ed Christman, Billboard, "CASE Act Ready for Full Vote in Congress; Law Would Ease Financial Burden of Fighting Copyright Theft," 11 Sep. 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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2 Dec 2019

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“Commercialize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commercializes. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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More Definitions for commercialize

commercialize

verb
How to pronounce commercialize (audio)

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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