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 Clearly, the push to globalize the rollout of a lifesaving vaccine is moving into unfamiliar and perhaps uncharted territory. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, "Free food? Free weed? Cash? What would it take for you to get the COVID vaccine?," 25 Feb. 2021 Andrew founded Economics International, a nonprofit working to globalize access to economic education access for underserved K-12 students. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, Oct. 1," 1 Oct. 2020 Another factor that makes the current crisis different from the last one is the degree to which big companies have globalized their operations, says Holtzer, the Weil lawyer. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Bailouts vs. bankruptcy: Coronavirus lessons from the 2008 financial crisis," 30 Mar. 2020 Much of the world has struggled through the transition of rural-to-urban-to-globalized, but Koreans seem to have done it on fast-forward, all while the threat of destruction from the North has loomed. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "Fish monsters, barking dogs, and roach patties: The films of Bong Joon-ho," 16 Feb. 2020 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

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First Known Use of globalize

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Globalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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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