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

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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 Tech companies and governments already use these data to monitor and commodify our likes and dislikes; soon psychiatrists might be able to use them to measure and evaluate our mental state. Daniel Barron, WSJ, "The Rise of Big Data Psychiatry," 29 Apr. 2021 The request hinges on a desire to commodify our social-media reach, to seem influential, and, perhaps, to align with a company that shares our values. Laura Callaghan, Marie Claire, "The Do-Gooder Ploy," 11 Mar. 2021 Services like Cameo also suggest, and queasily so, that there is no limit to what the gig economy can commodify. Laurence Scott, Wired, "On the Capitalist Internet, Even Celebs Join the Gig Economy," 4 Feb. 2021 Of course, simple positions are easier to commodify, too, like Riaz’s sponsorship of Sufi organizations that brand Islam as friendly and loving. Amir-hussein Radjy, The New Republic, "A Novelist’s Reckoning With Identity Politics," 6 Jan. 2021 To allow parents to choose either life or death for their child is to commodify them. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "Atlantic Cover Story Treats Abortion as a Given," 25 Nov. 2020 Triumphant robotic capitalism employs new technologies to automate and commodify work so that the political defeat of the bottom 50 percent can be extended to the bottom 90 percent. Rana Dasgupta, Harper's Magazine, "The Silenced Majority," 24 Nov. 2020 Yet some on the left say economic arguments commodify immigrants or denigrate the native work force. Jason Deparle, New York Times, "The Open Borders Trap," 5 Mar. 2020 Who is benefiting from it and who is commodifying it? Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times, "The radical inclusiveness of Rhiannon Giddens," 8 Oct. 2019

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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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2 May 2021

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“Commodify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of commodify

disapproving : to treat (something that cannot be owned or that everyone has a right to) like a product that can be bought and sold

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