con·​tain·​er·​ize | \ kən-ˈtā-nə-ˌrīz How to pronounce containerize (audio) , -nər-ˌīz \
containerized; containerizing

Definition of containerize

transitive verb

1 : to ship by containerization
2 : to pack in containers

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You can probably guess the etymology of containerize quite easily - it was formed around 1956 by adding "-ize" to "container" to create a verb. "Containerize" didn't start out with the meaning "to put in a container," however. It originally meant "to ship by containerization" - that is, to ship using a method in which a large amount of material is packaged into large standardized containers. The more general "pack in containers" sense came somewhat later, but it is now becoming more common. These days, for example, you might containerize a plant or your household clutter.

Examples of containerize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whether balled and burlapped (B&B) or containerized, new trees will have excess soil on top of the true ball. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Want to plant a tree in late winter? Here are 6 common mistakes to avoid," 13 Feb. 2020 These wastes should be containerized, labeled, and ultimately sent to a facility that is permitted to store, treat, and dispose of hazardous wastes. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on homes: Get going on debris removal from property," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of containerize

1956, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Containerize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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