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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Thai tycoons’ bid to globalize is in a league of its own. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "When the Going Gets Tough, Thailand’s Billions Get Going," 1 Apr. 2019 Combined with the rapidly globalizing economy, PET allowed water sellers to ship their wares much farther, opening up new markets. Thomas Mulier,, "Coke, Pepsi, and Nestle Plan to Profit From Your Tap Water," 1 Nov. 2019 Those effects come, in part, from globalizing and automating previously local, human processes. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Technology Sabotaged Public Safety," 10 Oct. 2019 Arabicity, like other cultural identities, is increasingly globalized. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: L.A. professor finds heavenly inspiration in Harvard Computers," 1 Nov. 2019 These are the instruments of a self-consciously forward-looking, globalizing age. Paul A. Kramer, The New Republic, "The Harsh World of Offshore Borders," 8 Aug. 2019 There’s a lot of hype surrounding this London Series with MLB’s aggressive effort to globalize the game. Julian Mcwilliams,, "Red Sox turnaround begins with Rick Porcello," 28 June 2019 But in taking the merits of immigration for granted, the urban, the global and the globalized have ceded ground to their opponents. Bilal Qureshi, Washington Post, "Immigration as reparation for colonialism, climate change and corporate greed," 21 June 2019 But now, globalized social media are transforming the whole ballot initiative question. The New York Review of Books, "Neal Ascherson," 18 Apr. 2019

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1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Globalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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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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