rev·​o·​lu·​tion·​ize | \ˌre-və-ˈlü-shə-ˌnīz \
revolutionized; revolutionizing

Definition of revolutionize 

transitive verb

1 : to overthrow the established government of

2 : to imbue with revolutionary doctrines

3 : to change fundamentally or completely revolutionize an industry

intransitive verb

: to engage in revolution

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revolutionizer noun

Examples of revolutionize in a Sentence

The invention of the airplane revolutionized travel. This new drug may revolutionize cancer treatment. This discovery has revolutionized our understanding of how the human brain works.
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So many of the innovations that have revolutionized professional sports in recent years are the same intuitive strategies that people have been using for as long as arcades have existed. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The NBA and NFL Have Become Videogames," 6 Nov. 2018 Our research has also revolutionized cancer care though countless clinical trials for novel therapies. Lisa Deangelis, WSJ, "Your Doctor Needs Your Trust," 23 Oct. 2018 Its designer says the machine could revolutionize bartending by lowering operating costs and never needs a sick day or vacation. Fox News, "Gutfeld: The left is turning on the left," 15 Sep. 2018 This engineering marvel, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, has revolutionized our understanding of the red planet. National Geographic, "Building Blocks of Life Found on Mars," 7 June 2018 Self-driving vehicles could revolutionize retail The technology is coming soon, Ferguson said. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Self-driving technology is going to change a lot more than cars," 29 May 2018 In Vermont, technology has revolutionized sugaring. Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor, "Where maple syrup meets global economics," 22 Apr. 2018 Nevertheless, the discovery of this endogenous cannabinoid system has revolutionized weed science. Yardena Schwartz, Newsweek, "The Outsourcing of American Marijuana Research," 17 Dec. 2015 That's how 21-year-old Zander Futernick describes his inspiration for founding AURA, a new travel company focused on revolutionizing luxury air travel. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "This New Luxury Airline Is Offering Private Jet Travel at a Fraction of the Price," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of revolutionize

1797, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of revolutionize

: to change (something) very much or completely : to cause a revolution in (something)


rev·​o·​lu·​tion·​ize | \ˌre-və-ˈlü-shə-ˌnīz \
revolutionized; revolutionizing

Kids Definition of revolutionize

: to change greatly or completely The invention of the airplane revolutionized travel.

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