mech·​a·​nize | \ ˈme-kə-ˌnīz How to pronounce mechanize (audio) \
mechanized; mechanizing

Definition of mechanize

transitive verb

1 : to make mechanical especially : to make automatic or routine
2a : to equip with machinery especially to replace human or animal labor
b : to equip with armed and armored motor vehicles
c : to provide with mechanical power
3 : to produce by or as if by machine

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Other Words from mechanize

mechanizable \ ˈme-​kə-​ˌnī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce mechanizable (audio) \ adjective
mechanization \ ˌme-​kə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce mechanization (audio) \ noun
mechanizer \ ˈme-​kə-​ˌnī-​zər How to pronounce mechanizer (audio) \ noun

Examples of mechanize in a Sentence

an invention that helped to mechanize agriculture
Recent Examples on the Web In October 2017, at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party, Chinese President Xi Jinping unveiled a plan that would mechanize the PLA in 2020, modernize it by 2035 and make it into a world-class military by the middle of this century. Tim Darnell, ajc, "What is the PLA, and why do feds believe they hacked Equifax?," 10 Feb. 2020 The nationwide system mechanized more of the work of mail sorting, which had previously been done by hand, says Lynn Heidelbaugh, curator at the National Postal Museum. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "Why Do Mosquitoes Exist? Why Do Elephants and Donkeys Represent the GOP and the Democrats? And More Questions From Our Readers," 21 Nov. 2019 The collector had been trying to establish a museum on the history of computing, grounding his vision in the early attempts to mechanize computation by Jacquard, Babbage, and others. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "This “essential piece of computing history” just sold for $43,750," 17 Dec. 2019 French Polynesia, a peppering of volcanic islands across two million square miles of the South Pacific Ocean, occupies a certain place in our collective imagination, and has long served as a sort of Edenic foil to our modernizing, mechanizing world. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "Island Hopping in French Polynesia," 15 Nov. 2019 In Asia, more trades are carried out over-the-counter, which are difficult to mechanize. Washington Post, "There’s Life for Bond Traders Amid the Carnage," 8 Mar. 2019 The search for artificial intelligence is, in essence, an attempt to mechanize the processes of reasoning that are characteristic of the human mind. Peter Thonemann, WSJ, "‘Gods and Robots’ Review: Men, Myths and Machines," 7 Dec. 2018 The new legal startups have simply mechanized that process via AI—but the result is that the decisions of law and justice are now turning on who has the biggest computer with the best algorithm. Noam Cohen, The New Republic, "There’s No App for Justice," 25 Apr. 2018 While some farm work is being mechanized, most produce is still hand-picked. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Exporting Jobs Instead of Food," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of mechanize

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mechanize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mechanize

: to change (a process or an activity) so that it is done with machines instead of by people or animals


mech·​a·​nize | \ ˈme-kə-ˌnīz How to pronounce mechanize (audio) \
mechanized; mechanizing

Kids Definition of mechanize

1 : to cause to be done by machines rather than humans or animals The invention helped mechanize farming.
2 : to equip with machinery a mechanized army

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