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 Developing countries too were suspicious, viewing environmental initiatives as part of an agenda advanced by wealthy nations that would prevent them from industrializing. Maria Ivanova, The Conversation, "The first Earth Day was a shot heard around the world," 16 Apr. 2020 As our civilization has industrialized over the last couple centuries, global energy consumption has spiked more than twentyfold with no end in sight. Adam Hadhazy, Popular Mechanics, "Could We Build a Dyson Sphere?," 28 Feb. 2020 Further south, industrializing nations such as South Africa reveal their reliance on coal which supplies 80% of the nation’s electricity. Daniel Wolfe, Quartz, "Where nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 300-times stronger than CO2, is being emitted," 14 Jan. 2020 Small farmers in Indonesia have long practiced slash-and-burn agriculture, and in recent decades large corporations have industrialized the practice. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Indonesia's fires are bad, but new measures prevented them from becoming worse," 1 Oct. 2019 The report noted that the trade conflict has hurt exports from industrializing countries in Asia that are suppliers to China of parts and other intermediate manufacturing materials. San Diego Union-Tribune, "ADB trims Asian outlook, citing trade wars, global slowdown," 24 Sep. 2019 The authors remind us that the Patapsco River Valley had once been heavily industrialized with mills, like the Avalon Nail and Iron Works, and Orange Grove Flour Mill, as well as the Bloede Dam, a hydroelectric dam, that was demolished last year. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "The history of Maryland’s first state park, Patapsco Valley State Park," 30 Aug. 2019 Exacerbating the problem is rapid urbanization in industrializing Southeast Asian cities, which is also a major cause of air pollution and poses severe challenges to managing PM 2.5 levels, the report found. Helen Regan, CNN, "21 of the world's 30 cities with the worst air pollution are in India," 25 Feb. 2020 And those activities could be industrialized biomedicine. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "SpaceX’s Explosive Test May Launch Year of Renewed Human Spaceflight," 19 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of industrialize

1845, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Industrialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 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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