ho·​mog·​e·​ni·​za·​tion | \ hō-ˌmä-jə-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce homogenization (audio) , hə- \

Definition of homogenization

1 : the act or process of homogenizing
2 : the quality or state of being homogenized

Examples of homogenization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite the cultural homogenization of globalism, some figures who are major stars in France remain utterly unknown outside it, people like Johnny Hallyday or Jean d’Ormesson. Lauren Elkin, Harper's magazine, "Trash, Rock, Destroy," 25 Nov. 2019 What’s at issue here, however, is something different, and that’s the homogenization of a narrative art form. BostonGlobe.com, "In an interview with Empire magazine," 25 Oct. 2019 According to Lars Gutow, an ecologist at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany, invaders riding on plastic rafts are a major threat to biodiversity that could lead to the homogenization of species on a global scale. Raleigh Mcelvery, Smithsonian, "Ancient Sea Life May Have Hitched Across Oceans on Giant Living Rafts," 12 Aug. 2019 But here’s the deal: the homogenization of today’s surfaces—or/and, more charitably, the versatility of today’s players—means that surface specialists have died. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Why Have Younger Players Struggled To Challenge the Big 3?," 3 July 2019 One problem with a growing industry is homogenization. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Why are so many music festivals total disasters?," 11 June 2019 Unfortunately, too many people in and out of politics have too much riding on the Balkanization of America as a path to social justice and ideological homogenization. WSJ, "There Are Reasons for Using Identity Politics," 3 June 2018 Familiarity, however, isn't the same as homogenization. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Pose': TV Review," 22 May 2018 But consumers also play a role in the homogenization of the culture and the landscape. Steve Lopez, latimes.com, "A beloved taco joint run by an 81-year-old matriarch may get crushed to make way for Chipotle," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of homogenization

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Homogenization.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homogenization. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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variants: also British homogenisation \ hō-​ˌmäj-​ə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən, hə-​ How to pronounce homogenisation (audio) \

Medical Definition of homogenization

1 : the quality or state of being homogenized
2 : the act or process of homogenizing

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