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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Artificial intelligence’s potential to revolutionize life sciences is so big that biotechnology companies are on a hiring spree for A.I. talent. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 26 Apr. 2022 Moments before, Holmes fled the newly shuttered office of her biotech startup, which promised to revolutionize the blood-testing industry with needle-free technology that didn't actually work. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2022 Ian is far from the only person to believe this of Holmes, whose company, Theranos, promised to revolutionize health care with a device, the Edison, that would run multiple tests from a single drop of blood. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 25 Feb. 2022 Theranos rose to prominence behind the facade of its charismatic founder, who promised to revolutionize health care with her blood-testing system. Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2022 This week, Elizabeth Holmes faces two counts of conspiracy and nine counts of wire fraud brought against her by a U.S. federal grand jury as the founder and former CEO of Theranos, a Silicon Valley darling that promised to revolutionize health care. Steve Tengler, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 According to the founders, the tool — which comes as part of a larger movement to deploy AI to address mental health — could revolutionize how society cares for depression. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 Though there has been significant talk about how this technology will transform social interactions, gaming, and learning, there is another massive industry that the Metaverse could possible revolutionize: healthcare. Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 The answer to that question may lie in the use of digital twins — virtual models of individuals that could revolutionize multiple facets of health care. Ben Alsdurf, STAT, 12 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of revolutionize

1797, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for revolutionize

revolution + -ize

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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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