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

Examples of mechanize in a Sentence

an invention that helped to mechanize agriculture
Recent Examples on the Web Other cities in the U.S. have mechanized trash trucks, but, according to city sanitation officials, no domestic manufacturer makes a model compact and quiet enough to drive down a Manhattan street. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 There have been attempts to standardize and mechanize dry stone walling, using, for example, software and a robotic excavator. Hannah Kirshner, The Atlantic, 6 Dec. 2023 Then the steel factory mechanized, replacing Mr. Niewenhoudt with a robot. Lynsey Chutel Gulshan Khan, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2023 The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production. Klaus Schwab, Foreign Affairs, 12 Dec. 2015 By the late nineteenth century, the majority of Nottingham’s lace production had been mechanized. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 26 Sep. 2023 Other growers are trying industrial-scale greenhouses, indoor beds of soil in massive warehouses and special robots to mechanize parts of the farming process. Melina Walling, Fortune, 18 Sep. 2023 And more to the point, who in her right mind would want to mechanize them? Becca Rothfeld, Washington Post, 7 July 2023 First, much of the war has been mechanized with Russians and Ukrainian units engaging each other at a distance with tank and artillery fire. Vikram Mittal, Forbes, 23 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mechanize. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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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