rev·​o·​lu·​tion·​ize | \ ˌre-və-ˈlü-shə-ˌnīz How to pronounce revolutionize (audio) \
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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Other Words from revolutionize

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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ELLE Decor chats with George Carney, founder of Poor Man's Kitchen, about his new invention, the Kilpatrick Fine Strainer, which will revolutionize cocktail mixing both at the bar and at home. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "This Product Will Revolutionize The Art of Cocktail Mixing," 20 Feb. 2019 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Other Progressives Are Defining the Midterms by Irina Aleksander Writer Irina Aleksander spends some time with the young progressives hell-bent on revolutionizing American politics. Vogue, "Our Favorite Longreads From 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Mahomes seems to be single-handedly revolutionizing the position. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Five things to know about the Seahawks’ next opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs," 17 Dec. 2018 If achieved - and enough people were willing to pay for the pricey tickets - the rapid speeds could revolutionize world travel, experts say. Peter Holley,, "Flying from New York to London in two hours is on the horizon, Boeing says," 29 June 2018 Drones could someday revolutionize e-commerce by cutting delivery times, reducing energy use and lowering costs. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Delivery Drones Cheer Shoppers, Annoy Neighbors, Scare Dogs," 26 Dec. 2018 In the 1950s, atomic clocks revolutionized precision time-keeping. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "A new antenna using single atoms could usher in the age of atomic radio," 19 Sep. 2018 The stethoscope revolutionized medicine by providing doctors with auscultatory data on which to base diagnostic and management decisions. Caroline Nelson, Washington Post, "Forget ‘man vs. machine.’ When doctors compete with artificial intelligence, patients lose.," 12 June 2018 Twenty years ago, Princess Cruises revolutionized the industry by launching the first ocean-going wedding chapel. Alex Pulaski,, "Say 'I do' and save money? Whoever thought you'd say that in the same sentence? But a cruise means both can happen," 10 June 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 How to pronounce revolutionize (audio) \
revolutionized; revolutionizing

Kids Definition of revolutionize

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

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