glob·​al·​i·​za·​tion ˌglō-bə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce globalization (audio)
: 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 But after the Cold War ended, most Western policymakers seemed to expect that developing countries would, over time, embrace the Western approach to democracy and globalization. Comfort Ero, Foreign Affairs, 1 Apr. 2024 The legacy of manufacturing declines in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin underscores the urgent need for policies that redress economic inequality and promote job creation in sectors resilient to globalization and automation. Lenwood V. Long, Sr., Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Learn more about globalization and AI by listening to the full episode on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 26 Feb. 2024 The old consensus that endured even in the initial years after the end of the Cold War has frayed under the weight of globalization, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Great Recession of 2008-09 and Mr. Trump’s relentless assault on international institutions and agreements. Peter Baker, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 In fact, non-English-language pop music of any kind was strangely missing from the telecast, with Afrobeats star Burna Boy’s multi-song performance serving as the lone indication of pop’s rapid globalization of the 2020s. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, 5 Feb. 2024 Is Miami succeeding despite having small government and being a living embodiment of globalization and creative destruction? Dominic Pino, National Review, 3 Feb. 2024 After seven years and no end in sight to America-First trade policies, the United States – that once indispensable proponent of free trade and economic globalization – has become enamored of protectionism. Dan Ikenson, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 As if there weren’t enough problems from within, increasing globalization opened doors to ever more, and cheaper, imports from places like New Zealand and Chile. Raf Casert, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Feb. 2024

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Word History


see globe entry 1

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of globalization was in 1930

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“Globalization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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