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

Examples of industrialize in a Sentence

The government hopes to industrialize some of the agricultural regions.
Recent Examples on the Web The industrializing world’s pursuit of rapid economic growth is contingent on the expansion of on-demand power generation of the sort that only fossil fuels and nuclear energy can provide. Noah Rothman, National Review, 13 June 2024 And much of the lower Mississippi is heavily industrialized — between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, for example, oil, gas and chemical plants line the river. Madeline Heim, Journal Sentinel, 11 June 2024 As America’s milk sector industrialized and output kicked into high gear, creating enormous surpluses, the dairy industry found its biggest and most enduring base: schoolchildren. Kenny Torrella, Vox, 31 May 2024 These steps are essential to assisting developing countries in continuing to industrialize while meeting climate goals. Sagatom Saha, Foreign Affairs, 25 Apr. 2023 See all Example Sentences for industrialize 

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of industrialize was in 1845

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Cite this Entry

“Industrialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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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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