glob·​al·​i·​za·​tion | \ ˌglō-bə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce globalization (audio) \

Definition of globalization

: the act or process of globalizing : the state of being globalized especially : the development of an increasingly integrated global economy marked especially by free trade, free flow of capital, and the tapping of cheaper foreign labor markets

Examples of globalization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pandemic made a mockery of globalization as nations retreated behind their borders. Stephen Collinson And Caitlin Hu, CNN, "Don't be misled by good Covid-19 news in some nations. The pandemic is worse than ever elsewhere," 9 Apr. 2021 As a result, communication remains the most significant brace of globalization. World Economic Forum, Forbes, "7 Views On How Technology Will Shape Geopolitics," 7 Apr. 2021 That’s Marc Levinson, an economist specializing in the history of globalization, describing the race to make the colossal container ship even more gargantuan in size. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "A buzzy IPO goes sour, triggering an epic sell-off," 31 Mar. 2021 At the center of the storm is the shipping container, the workhorse of globalization. New York Times, "‘I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This’: Chaos Strikes Global Shipping," 6 Mar. 2021 At the center of the storm is the shipping container, the workhorse of globalization., "‘I’ve never seen anything like this’: Chaos strikes global shipping," 6 Mar. 2021 Second, globalization and automation have weakened workers’ and companies’ ability to raise wages and prices, while aging populations have slowed economic growth. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Is Inflation a Risk? Not Now, but Some See Danger Ahead," 1 Mar. 2021 In the age of globalization, most big companies have their clients and user base spread across different countries. Yec, Forbes, "Four Practical Interview Skills To Help You Land Your Dream Job," 1 Mar. 2021 The other camp of Biden advisers, though, seems to be more sanguine about the benefits of globalization and more skeptical about indulging populist economic ideas. New York Times, "The Biden Team Wants to Transform the Economy. Really.," 11 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of globalization

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for globalization

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13 Apr 2021

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“Globalization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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