in·dus·tri·al·ize | \ in-ˈdə-strē-ə-ˌlīz \
industrialized; industrializing

Definition of industrialize 

transitive verb

: to make industrial industrialize an agricultural region

intransitive verb

: to become industrial

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industrialization \in-ˌdə-strē-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən \ noun

Examples of industrialize in a Sentence

The government hopes to industrialize some of the agricultural regions.

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The first city in the country to industrialize, Medellín has long thought of itself at the forefront of Colombian capitalism. Steven Cohen, The New Republic, "Why Colombia Keeps Electing Presidents Tied to Murderers," 18 June 2018 Early Days Originally an agricultural area, skid row industrialized with the arrival of the trains in the 1870s. Zoie Matthew, Los Angeles Magazine, "Here’s What’s Being Done to End L.A.’s Homelessness Crisis," 14 June 2018 Whether guns were the deciding factor without which England would not have industrialized is open to question. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "A System in Denial," 16 Apr. 2018 Commercial petroleum stocks in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development—a group of industrialized, oil-consuming nations that includes the U.S.—rose in January by 18 million barrels, to 2.871 billion barrels, according to the IEA. Christopher Alessi, WSJ, "Oil Demand Set to Rebalance Surge in U.S. Shale," 15 Mar. 2018 The rational measures of work that are often taken for granted today were unfamiliar concepts when the U.S. and Great Britain first industrialized. Sarah Archer, The Atlantic, "The Forgotten Everyday Origins of ‘Craft’," 25 Feb. 2018 Left Bank is deeply researched, but Poirier’s narrative suffers for its failure to reckon meaningfully with the extent of the war’s horrors, particularly industrialized murder on an unprecedented scale. Nina Renata Aron, The New Republic, "The Spirit of the Left Bank," 21 Mar. 2018 Cowboys, Fraser reminds us, became symbols of self-sufficient, manly American individualism who avoided demeaning structures of authority in industrializing America. Steve Fraser,, "Steve Fraser's 'Class Matters': Why we ignore class to our peril," 18 Mar. 2018 Among other environmentalist efforts, Jensen was instrumental in early efforts to thwart the plan of J.P. Morgan and Andrew Carnegie to industrialize the Indiana Dunes, which had been declared a wasteland by the Indiana legislature. Bruce Ingram,, "Gorton Center celebrates career of landscape architect Jens Jensen with 'Science on Screen' event," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of industrialize

1845, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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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 \
industrialized; industrializing

Kids Definition of industrialize

: to develop industries

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