fordize

transitive verb, often capitalized
ford·​ize | \ -ˌdīz \
-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of fordize

1 : to standardize in the interests of efficiency and mass production fordize a plant fordize the cotton industry
2a : to organize and control (people or their work) as if on an assembly line the medical profession cannot be fordized until human beings become robots— E. H. Cary an attempt to fordize high-school education— H. R. Linville
b : to deprive of individuality can we fordize our minds as well as our motors— Glenn Frank

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for fordize

Henry Ford + English -ize

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About fordize

Statistics for fordize

Cite this Entry

“Fordize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fordize. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!