over·​in·​dus·​tri·​al·​ize ˌō-vər-in-ˈdə-strē-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce overindustrialize (audio)
variants also British overindustrialise
overindustrialized; overindustrializing

transitive verb

: to industrialize (something) to an excessive degree
economic pressure to overindustrialize the country
overindustrialized adjective
also British overindustrialised
an overindustrialized society
overindustrialization noun
also British overindustrialisation
overindustrialization of rural regions

Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overindustrialize was in 1913

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Cite this Entry

“Overindustrialize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overindustrialize. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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