com·​mon·​i·​za·​tion | \ ˌkämənə̇ˈzāshən, -ˌnīˈz- \
plural commonizations

Definition of commonization

1 : the act of making something common, standard, or universal : the act of commonizing something Commonization of designs can save development time and money and reduce manufacturing costs, as well as customer service and inventory costs.— John Cleveland, Automotive Design & Production, November 2006 In his work, he meets with people from other companies and contributes to “commonization” of job descriptions and the like.— Craig Wolf, The Poughkeepsie (New York) Journal, 6 Sept. 1999
2 grammar : the formation or development of a common noun, a common adjective, or a verb from a proper noun (as mercury, quixotic, to boycott)

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First Known Use of commonization

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Commonization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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