mechanize

verb

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

transitive verb

1
: to make mechanical
especially : to make automatic or routine
2
a
: 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
mechanizable adjective
mechanization noun
mechanizer noun

Example Sentences

an invention that helped to mechanize agriculture
Recent Examples on the Web Those include older operations that industry experts say are nearly impossible to mechanize. Alexandra Wexler, WSJ, 18 Jan. 2022 The standardization is a result of our need to mechanize agriculture, says University of Rhode Island agroecologist Patrick Baur. Katrina Miller, Wired, 16 Aug. 2021 Instead of creating robots to perform human labor, people build apps to mechanize human abilities. Diana M. Pho, Wired, 13 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 15 Nov. 2019 In Asia, more trades are carried out over-the-counter, which are difficult to mechanize. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mechanize was in 1678

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Cite this Entry

“Mechanize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mechanize. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

mechanize

verb

mech·​a·​nize ˈmek-ə-ˌnīz How to pronounce mechanize (audio)
mechanized; mechanizing
1
: to make mechanical
especially : to make automatic
2
a
: to equip with machinery especially to replace human or animal labor
b
: to equip with armed and armored motor vehicles
mechanized infantry
mechanization noun
mechanizer noun

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