in·​dus·​tri·​al·​ize | \ in-ˈdə-strē-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce industrialize (audio) \
industrialized; industrializing

Definition of industrialize

transitive verb

: to make industrial industrialize an agricultural region

intransitive verb

: to become industrial

Examples of industrialize in a Sentence

The government hopes to industrialize some of the agricultural regions.
Recent Examples on the Web With many countries seeking to industrialize and expand—OPEC expects the global population to hit 9.5 billion by 2045—demand for fossil fuels in the global transport and industrial sectors will also continue to grow through 2045. David Hodari, WSJ, "Global Oil Demand Won’t Peak Before 2040, OPEC Says," 8 Oct. 2020 Hansen suggests that the reason China didn’t industrialize, despite its sophistication, was simply a labor issue. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The Capital Note: SPACking & Fracking," 13 Aug. 2020 Duterte wants to industrialize the farm sector and build more infrastructure in the countryside, and businesses could be offered incentives to relocate. Andreo Calonzo,, "Duterte Is Paying Filipinos to Move From City to Countryside," 1 June 2020 The United States is rich enough, industrialized enough, and far enough from the tropics that the rising temperatures of our changing climate aren't going to make any place uninhabitable. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "As sea levels rise, little of the United States will be unaffected," 26 Jan. 2020 Fast-growing, industrializing and coal-reliant Asian countries are pumping out increasing levels of carbon dioxide emissions, despite efforts by nations such as India and China to move towards cleaner energy. Helen Regan, CNN, "In Asia Pacific the climate crisis is happening now, not in the future," 23 Dec. 2019 Developing countries too were suspicious, viewing environmental initiatives as part of an agenda advanced by wealthy nations that would prevent them from industrializing. Maria Ivanova, The Conversation, "The first Earth Day was a shot heard around the world," 16 Apr. 2020 As our civilization has industrialized over the last couple centuries, global energy consumption has spiked more than twentyfold with no end in sight. Adam Hadhazy, Popular Mechanics, "Could We Build a Dyson Sphere?," 28 Feb. 2020 Further south, industrializing nations such as South Africa reveal their reliance on coal which supplies 80% of the nation’s electricity. Daniel Wolfe, Quartz, "Where nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 300-times stronger than CO2, is being emitted," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of industrialize

1845, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Industrialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of industrialize

: to build and operate factories and businesses in a city, region, country, etc.


in·​dus·​tri·​al·​ize | \ in-ˈdə-strē-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce industrialize (audio) \
industrialized; industrializing

Kids Definition of industrialize

: to develop industries

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