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

Examples of industrialization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the East, Japan was the forerunner of Western industrialization, but many Japanese now want less of that and more out of life. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, 1 Feb. 2024 Residents hailed the change as a step toward minimizing the adverse effects of rapid industrialization on neighborhoods. Jaime Moore-Carrillo, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 Other avant-garde artists, recoiling from industrialization and a sense of civilizational corruption, had been thinking along similar lines for a while. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2024 As industrialization prospered in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the need to protect cultural sites became glaringly apparent. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 17 Jan. 2024 The North’s industrialization contrasted starkly with the South’s reliance on agriculture and slave labor, leading to sectional tensions. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, 1 Jan. 2024 Much as industrialization generated a longing for agrarian simplicity a century ago, today’s high-tech landscape–one of AI chatbots and digital deepfakes–generates much the same wistfulness for a world being lost. Michael Serazio, Fortune, 25 Dec. 2023 The Pontoise works are certainly not a protest against the industrialization of the countryside—the smoke that wafts from the factory chimneys is as chromatically pleasing as the river below them, and the three chimneys reflect in the water as equably as poplars do in Monet. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2023 Ulbricht’s government began to focus less on rapid industrialization and more on consumer staples and adequate housing. Samuel Clowes Huneke, The New Republic, 22 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 26 Feb. 2024.

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