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 As borders between the many states first became porous and then vanished altogether, a provincial economy gave way to a modern, industrialized, national one. Adrian Daub, Longreads, "All Hail the Rat King," 13 Dec. 2019 Likewise, negotiating and signing a free trade agreement could confine a country’s efforts to industrialize. Michael E Odijie, Quartz Africa, "Africa needs to industrialize before focusing on free trade," 27 Nov. 2019 Less coal generation in Europe, China, and the US is being offset by increasing consumption in industrializing countries such as Indonesia, Turkey, and India. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Two of America’s biggest coal plants closed this month," 16 Nov. 2019 For decades, as India industrialized, there was a huge emphasis on engineering degrees, and preparing for students for the exams required to earn them. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "India’s culture of high-stakes testing needs to be dismantled," 24 Oct. 2019 Scientists are wrestling with the question of why this small desert country and its rapidly industrializing capital have experienced such extraordinary rates of warming. Steven Mufson, The Denver Post, "Facing unbearable heat, Qatar has begun to air condition the outdoors," 20 Oct. 2019 Not everyone is sure that today’s industrialized, globalized societies will be around long enough to define a new geological epoch. Ben Marwick, The Conversation, "Surveying archaeologists across the globe reveals deeper and more widespread roots of the human age, the Anthropocene," 29 Aug. 2019 In the late 1950s at Beidaihe, Mao dictated the plan for the Great Leap Forward that was meant to industrialize China overnight but ruined the country’s economy and led to widespread famine. New York Times, "At Mao’s Beach, China’s Leaders Still Make History as Lifeguards Hide From the Sun," 22 Aug. 2019 One of the main reasons behind this large percentage is that so much of the power-generating hardware is new, due to China and India's push to industrialize. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Analysis says we need to stop building fossil fuel plants now," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of industrialize

1845, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Industrialize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 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

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: to develop industries

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