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

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This explains how and why those messages usually sound so empty, sanitized, and corporatized. Shaun Harper, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2023 In the 1980s and 1990s, the right managed to slash taxes, decimate unions, liquidate pensions, corporatize health care, capture regulatory agencies, and more. Natalie Shure, The New Republic, 5 May 2022 What my hope has always been is that as the use of cannabis spreads and the stigma dials down, cannabis is going to cannaba-lize the corporations as much or more than the corporations are going to corporatize cannabis. Ryan Bort, Rolling Stone, 20 Apr. 2021 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,, 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, 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,, 30 June 2017 See More

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Word History


corporate + -ize

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of corporatize was in 1947

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“Corporatize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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