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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Improvements in energy storage are revolutionizing how and when electricity is used. Mark Chediak,, "Boom in giant batteries hits another roadblock: Cities' fear of fire," 18 May 2018 Crispr, the powerful gene-editing tool, is revolutionizing the speed and scope with which scientists can modify the DNA of organisms, including human cells. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Biology Will Be the Next Great Computing Platform," 3 May 2018 In the same way apps have simplified the way we order deliveries, e-bikes are revolutionizing the way those deliveries are made. Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "Don’t Shoot the (Bike) Messenger," 2 May 2018 Unprompted, my instructor launched into the many ways that umbilical cord blood was revolutionizing medicine and curing diseases. Laura Sanders, Washington Post, "Should parents bank a newborn’s umbilical cord blood? It’s complicated.," 28 Apr. 2018 Many industry experts say 3D printing is already revolutionizing the way products are created and will only continue to do so in the future. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "This Company Will 3D Print a House for $10,000," 12 Mar. 2018 Frustrated with the precious few affordable, high-quality options available when buying his first sofa, founder and CEO Rob Royer set out to revolutionize the couch-buying experience. Marie Salcido, Sunset, "Customize Your Own Furniture with This Revolutionary Retailer," 22 Jan. 2018 Pinterest has actually been a revolutionizing tool. Joanna Saltz, House Beautiful, "Designers Reveal Their Unexpected Sources for Decorating Inspo," 12 Apr. 2019 The clip is a vision of how automation, sensors, new self-defense technologies, and giant screens could revolutionize the way soldiers fight from armored vehicles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Crazy Ad for an Israeli Future Tank Is Something Else," 12 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of revolutionize

1797, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of revolutionize was in 1797

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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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