glob·​al·​ize | \ ˈglō-bə-ˌlīz How to pronounce globalize (audio) \
globalized; globalizing

Definition of globalize

transitive verb

: to make global especially : to make worldwide in scope or application globalize a company's operations

Examples of globalize in a Sentence

The economy has become globalized. The company is planning to globalize.

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And, as our society has globalized and grown in complexity, the number of areas of distinct expertise has grown astronomically. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "First thing we do, let’s kill all the experts," 21 Oct. 2018 But economists and mental health experts say a common thread is the changes unleashed by a globalizing economy. Jacqueline Williams, New York Times, "A Booming Economy With a Tragic Price," 20 May 2018 Oman is an unlikely place to lead the race to globalize fracking. Sarah Kent, WSJ, "Oil Industry Tries to Take the Fracking Boom Global," 19 June 2018 Some of it might be the happy result of ever-globalizing TV options. Jason Kehe, WIRED, "The Real Reason You Use Closed Captions for Everything Now," 26 June 2018 But part of it was the sense that the world as a whole had globalized very rapidly. NBC News, "Meet the Press - June 3, 2018," 3 June 2018 Hours before the programs began on Tuesday, Starbucks Executive Chairman Howard Schultz said the company plans to globalize these efforts and make similar initiatives part of the on-boarding process for new employees. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "Was Starbucks' Racial Bias Training Effective? Here's What These Employees Thought," 30 May 2018 The hospital industry has been slower to globalize than many other U.S. sectors, daunted by the investment required and content with what was for many years a robust domestic market. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "U.S. Hospital Firms, Hungry to Expand, Look to China," 22 Apr. 2018 And so the march toward the today’s urban, globalized, social world begins in ancient Mesopotamia and environs more than 7,000 years ago, when the good life consisted of wine, barley, goats, and a few neighbors. Stephan Salisbury,, "Penn Museum's Middle East Galleries reopen: Behold, the queen's beer straw," 19 Apr. 2018

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1937, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of globalize

: to make (something) cover, involve, or affect the entire world
of a business : to begin to operate throughout the world

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