com·​mod·​i·​fy | \ kə-ˈmä-də-ˌfī How to pronounce commodify (audio) \
commodified; commodifying

Definition of commodify

transitive verb

: to turn (something, such as an intrinsic value or a work of art) into a commodity attempts to commodify the water supply

Other Words from commodify

commodification \ kə-​ˌmä-​də-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce commodify (audio) \ noun

Examples of commodify in a Sentence

Do we really want to commodify our water supply? I feel like our culture is being commodified.
Recent Examples on the Web Trixie’s ability to commodify and plan is evident in her own brand. Olivia Mccormack, Washington Post, 24 June 2022 That competition is intensified for female actresses, who not only commodify their personas but also their bodies. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 4 June 2022 Unfettered by the weight of the symbolism embedded in Juneteenth, creative imaginations can concoct a million ways to commodify and monetize its recent arrival on the federal calendar. Aronte Bennett, Forbes, 3 June 2022 The upcoming documentary will look at the origin and impact of music merchandise through the stories of pivotal musicians, designers, fans, and entrepreneurs who helped commodify artists. Brent Lang, Variety, 27 May 2022 In fact, the embrace of Black gymnasts often seems conditioned on the ability to commodify and capitalize on their labor and their Blackness. Amira Rose Davis, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2022 The episode is a spot-on parody of both the torture of the creative process and the absurd ways that obsession with an artist’s personal narrative helps to commodify their work. David Sims, The Atlantic, 22 Oct. 2021 The real-estate business — one tiny golden sliver of it, anyway — keeps finding fresh ways to commodify chunks of the city. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 21 Oct. 2021 There are going to be examples, time and time again, of corporations or private interests trying to commodify, trying to exploit. Justin Curto, Vulture, 16 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of commodify

1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for commodify

see commodity

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“Commodify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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