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

transitive verb

: to make industrial
industrialize an agricultural region

intransitive verb

: to become industrial

Example Sentences

The government hopes to industrialize some of the agricultural regions.
Recent Examples on the Web Several European industries have been forced to de-industrialize due to high energy prices and lower production, and some are fearing that the changes will be irreversible. Bytristan Bove, Fortune, 28 Nov. 2022 But farms and factories helped to industrialize the region. Allison Keeley, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2022 But the drift away from target men may have its roots, too, in the race to industrialize talent production over much the same time period. New York Times, 17 June 2022 However, Rolex this year has turned to a laser technique used in the removal of cataracts in its quest to industrialize the creation of unique, flawless decorations for its dials. Tim Barber, Wired, 22 Nov. 2021 In one area, economists in the 1960s saw a continent seemingly backward: Many countries barely had enough resources to feed their people, let alone industrialize properly. Radu Magdin, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 Historically, as nations industrialize and standards of living rise, emissions rise too. David Carlin, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 As more countries industrialize and Wi-Fi becomes more common, even some of the most remote populations are taking the time to use and create social media accounts. Salvador Ordorica, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Previously, Hedge was the Chief Scientific Officer at Recursion Pharmaceuticals and accelerated critical work with new chemical products while building the company’s reputation of harnessing technological advances to industrialize drug discovery. John Cumbers, Forbes, 27 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of industrialize was in 1845

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Cite this Entry

“Industrialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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in·​dus·​tri·​al·​ize in-ˈdəs-trē-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce industrialize (audio)
industrialized; industrializing
: to make or become industrial
industrialize an agricultural region
industrialization noun

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