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

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Examples of globalization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That demand for ‘2030’ vision is high, is attributable to the end of globalization and the opening up of uncertainty over issues like geopolitics and more recently monetary policy and financial markets. Mike O'sullivan, Forbes, 14 May 2022 David and Oren enjoy a fruitful and constructive conversation on globalization and seek to unpack the right path to human flourishing within the mechanism of a market economy. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 4 Mar. 2022 Korean businesses view the U.S. cultural sector as a largely untapped market, said Dal Yong Jin, a professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, who has cowritten a book on the globalization of Korean culture. Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2021 Current geopolitical changes – such as the war in Ukraine, the corona pandemic, and greenhouse gas emission targets – have reignited discussions about the utility of globalization. Forbes, 2 May 2022 The same people that invented this music are the ones who have been most affected by globalization, by these problems, by the ecological harms. Jordan Salama, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Jan. 2022 They were hammered by globalization and large-scale automation. New York Times, 28 June 2021 In the same way that Donald Trump connected with many working-class Americans who felt left behind by globalization, Mr. López Obrador has created a bond with the poor in Mexico who felt democracy and free trade had failed to improve their lives. David Luhnow, WSJ, 4 June 2021 Despite tales of draconian working conditions for some workers, an Amazon job can be a vital gig -- especially since Covid-19 destroyed millions of jobs and in a state already hollowed out by globalization. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 12 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of globalization

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for globalization

see globe entry 1

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19 May 2022

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“Globalization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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