over·​com·​mer·​cial·​ize ˌō-vər-kə-ˈmər-shə-ˌlīz How to pronounce overcommercialize (audio)
overcommercialized; overcommercializing

transitive + intransitive

: to commercialize (something) to an excessive degree
… opponents … fear the development will overcommercialize the waterfront area.Sam Gnerre
overcommercialization noun
plural overcommercializations
overcommercialization of holidays

Examples of overcommercialize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hawaiian culture has been overcommercialized and appropriated for many decades, and one way to show respect for its beauty is to treat both the land and the people with extra care. Annie Daly, Vogue, 23 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overcommercialize was in 1904

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“Overcommercialize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcommercialize. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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