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.

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What Mao’s modesty concealed was his desperation to industrialize, especially for military purposes, and his hope that the Soviet Union would help him to achieve that goal. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "The New Beijing-Moscow Axis," 1 Feb. 2019 The reaction takes brute force—up to 250 atmospheres of pressure in the tall, narrow steel reactors—a process first industrialized by German chemist Carl Bosch. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 For Hall, the industrialized, commercialized world often seemed an intrusion, like a neon sign along a dirt road. Hillel Italie,, "Prolific, painfully candid ex-poet laureate Donald Hall dies," 24 June 2018 As the city expanded and industrialized, its churches and monuments became blackened with soot and grime; its quays, cluttered with warehouses and frequented by prostitutes. Molly Wizenberg, Town & Country, "Vintage Bordeaux," 14 Jan. 2013 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

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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 How to pronounce industrialize (audio) \
industrialized; industrializing

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: to develop industries

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