cor·​po·​rat·​ize | \ ˈkȯr-p(ə-)rə-ˌtīz How to pronounce corporatize (audio) \
corporatized; corporatizing

Definition of corporatize

transitive verb

: to subject to corporate ownership or control afraid that medicine was becoming corporatized

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Other Words from corporatize

corporatization \ ˌkȯr-​p(ə-​)rə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce corporatization (audio) \ noun

Examples of corporatize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Regardless of the personal outcome of that trial, the longer-term perceptions of chaebols may hinge on Lee’s promise to corporatize Samsung. Sohee Kim,, "Samsung Billionaire’s Fate at Risk Despite Role in Virus Fight," 14 June 2020 The risk is that cheering on high-tech fixes (instead of embracing a big plan like the one in the New York report) will give a weak, cash-poor government cover to corporatize the grid instead of fixing it. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Why Can't We Fix Puerto Rico's Power Grid?," 18 Apr. 2018 But some small farmers and manufacturers are also starting to look at Amazon's record in other fields - and worry that the retail giant will use its market power to further centralize and corporatize theirs. Caitlin Dewey,, "The big consequence of the Amazon-Whole Foods deal no one's talking about," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of corporatize

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for corporatize

corporate + -ize

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The first known use of corporatize was in 1947

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“Corporatize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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