mechanize

verb
mech·​a·​nize | \ˈme-kə-ˌnīz \
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 \-​ˌnī-​zə-​bəl \ adjective
mechanization \ˌme-​kə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun
mechanizer \ˈme-​kə-​ˌnī-​zər \ noun

Examples of mechanize in a Sentence

an invention that helped to mechanize agriculture

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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 With the growth of cities and the movement of families from rural to urban areas during the 19th century, more women began to work outside the home, and new technologies that mechanized milking allowed access at a lower cost than ever before. Daniel Fernandez, Smithsonian, "The Surprisingly Intolerant History of Milk," 11 May 2018 Unlike cotton, which was almost entirely mechanized in the Southeast by the 1970s, peaches were too delicate and ripeness too difficult to judge for mechanization to be a viable option. William Thomas Okie, Smithsonian, "The Fuzzy History of the Georgia Peach," 14 Aug. 2017 Chris Cook, who manages a farm not far from Mr. Seccombe’s, decided to mechanize nut-knocking after being asked by his boss to solve the problem of macadamia farming’s inefficiency. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Here’s a Real Nut Job: Getting Stubborn Macadamias Out of Trees," 5 July 2017 All three adjacent townships started with oxen an important part of early operations, went to horses and started to really mechanize before the Civil War. Fred Keller, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Farming was significant in development of Lisbon, Menomonee and Germantown," 25 Aug. 2017 Unlike cotton, which was almost entirely mechanized in the Southeast by the 1970s, peaches were too delicate and ripeness too difficult to judge for mechanization to be a viable option. William Thomas Okie, Smithsonian, "The Fuzzy History of the Georgia Peach," 14 Aug. 2017 Another found that manufacturing plants in regions of the United States that received lots of low-skill immigrants in the 1980s and 1990s were much slower to mechanize than plants in low-immigration regions. Eduardo Porter, New York Times, "The Danger From Low-Skilled Immigrants: Not Having Them," 8 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of mechanize

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mechanize was in 1678

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mechanize

verb

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

mechanize

verb
mech·​a·​nize | \ˈme-kə-ˌnīz \
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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