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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All of this makes the global trading system more like a global disaster waiting to happen, susceptible to discontent from workers all over the world, in industrialized and developing countries. David Dayen, The New Republic, "The Inevitable Death of Global Trade As We Know It," 12 July 2018 The trial took place at a time of strained relations between an industrializing China—in need of iron ore for its steel industry—and Australia, which dominated global trade in the commodity, the cost of which was quickly rising. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "China Releases Ex-Rio Tinto Executive From Jail," 4 July 2018 Spa culture — defined by its intentional architecture, geographical remove and somnambulistic ambience — was experienced in direct opposition to the rapid-paced, sick-making atmosphere of industrialized Europe. New York Times, "In Search of Lost Time in Europe’s Sanatoriums," 18 Feb. 2018 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

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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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