commonize

transitive verb com·mon·ize \ ˈkäməˌnīz \
variants: also British commonise

Definition of commonize

commonized; commonizing; commonizes
: to make (something) common, standard, or universal
  • Because the book is considered to be so highbrow I wanted to “commonize” it a little bit. I didn't want to fall into the trap of being inaccessible.
  • —Kari Skoglandquoted in The Calgary (Alberta) Herald23 May 2008
  • We have to reuse and commonize what has worked and what has been well received by the customers.
  • —Birgit Behrendt, quoted in Automotive News Europe13 June 2005
  • The longer Public Michigan waits to reform the structure of government, to rationalize departments, to commonize retirement systems of public and school employees …, the tougher the future will be.
  • —Daniel HowesThe Detroit News29 May 2009
  • The eventual target is to commonize about 70 to 80 percent of the parts in the various Toyota vehicles that share a platform, Kato said.
  • —Hans GreimelAutomotive News29 Apr. 2013

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Origin and Etymology of commonize

1common + -ize


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