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

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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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of globalize was in 1937

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“Globalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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