transitive verb

variants also British commonise
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 Skogland, quoted in The Calgary (Alberta) Herald, 23 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 Europe, 13 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 Howes, The Detroit News, 29 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 Greimel, Automotive News, 29 Apr. 2013

Word History


common entry 1 + -ize

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of commonize was in 1843

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“Commonize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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