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 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 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, 8 Oct. 2020 Hansen suggests that the reason China didn’t industrialize, despite its sophistication, was simply a labor issue. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, 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,, 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, 26 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 30 Nov. 2021.

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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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