in·​dus·​tri·​al·​i·​za·​tion | \ in-ˌdə-strē-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce industrialization (audio) \

Definition of industrialization

: the act or process of industrializing : the widespread development of industries in a region, country, culture, etc. Industrialization and modern insect control have improved the quality of life around the globe, but they have also added some 100,000 chemical compounds that, some scientists worry, could affect the health of people and wildlife.— Hannah Fairfield Investors became convinced that growing global demand for energy, the industrialization of China and India and the lack of spare production capacity would keep crude prices surging ever upward.— A. Gary Shilling Television, like industrialization and democracy, was slow to arrive in Italy, coming in 1954, several years after it was introduced in the US.— Alexander Stille

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1892, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of industrialization was in 1892

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“Industrialization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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: the process of developing industries : the state of having industry developed

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