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noun (1)

dig·​i·​tal·​i·​za·​tion ˌdi-jə-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce digitalization (audio)
: the process of converting something to digital form (see digital sense 2) : digitization
the digitalization of printed books
Patenting has become increasingly critical because technology plays an important role in digitalization of payments, online security and information exchange for financial institutions.Wei Zhou


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noun (2)

dig·​i·​ta·​li·​za·​tion ˌdi-jə-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce digitalization (audio)
: the administration of digitalis until the desired physiological adjustment is attained
also : the bodily state so produced

Examples of digitalization in a Sentence

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Besides automotive, conference pavilions will include healthcare and life sciences, inception sciences, XR zone, industrial digitalization, metropolis and robotics. James Raia, The Mercury News, 17 Mar. 2024 This need for evolving digitalization demands attention – with procurement leaders, HR departments, and technology experts working together to cultivate a technologically skilled workforce. Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 Germany also faces structural challenges including high corporate taxes and the lack of investment in digitalization, infrastructure and education. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 8 Nov. 2023 Each successive wave of digitalization tends to strip value from creators, leading to concerns that the rise of AI will further erode the ability of creatives to monetize their work. Victoria Chynoweth, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Infrastructure can potentially reap big benefits McGinty told me how the trifecta of electrification, digitalization and decarbonization can reap profound benefits for businesses, like that Alabama hospital. Joan Michelson, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Unleashing procurement’s power through digitalization Steering procurement strategies toward a dynamic balance between efficiency and resilience, digitalization is helping midsize businesses diversify suppliers and adopt a multi-sourcing mindset. Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 Thirdly, greater digitalization is where tangible and quick progress can be made to deliver meaningful change. Fortune, 26 Feb. 2024 The widespread acceptance of digital technologies is reshaping traditional business models, adapting them to a new economy that emphasizes the digitalization of primary and support activities. Kalina Bryant, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History


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First Known Use

Noun (1)

1959, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of digitalization was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

“Digitalization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants also British digitalisation
: the administration of digitalis (as in heart disease) until the desired physiological adjustment is attained
also : the bodily state so produced
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