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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The nation industrialized between the 1870s and the 1910s, but instead of vanishing, the disadvantages confronting black Americans simply morphed. Calvin Schermerhorn, Twin Cities, "Calvin Schermerhorn: Why the racial wealth gap persists more than 150 years after emancipation," 27 June 2019 The region had been floundering since at least the end of the Civil War, falling further and further behind a rapidly industrializing nation. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "Where Our New World Begins," 10 May 2019 Washington said of the city whose fates rose on the expansion of post-World War II manufacturing but suffered as the region de-industrialized. Washington Post, "Pine Bluff officials: Flood won’t sink Arkansas city’s hopes," 4 June 2019 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

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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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