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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Riley’s string quartets, in cahoots with the indomitable Kronos Quartet, went on to revolutionize chamber music once more. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "How Terry Riley and Kronos Quartet turned the sun’s radiance into the most moving music," 30 Dec. 2020 But for now Amazon Pharmacy, built atop the company’s two-year-old PillPack acquisition, strikes some leading analysts as a decidedly me-too effort that won’t immediately revolutionize the prescription drug business. Matt Day,, "Amazon's Drugstore Isn't Revolutionizing Anything—for Now," 18 Nov. 2020 Bringing holographic artists to people’s living rooms is the first step in a 10-year plan to revolutionize retail and entertainment, White says. Washington Post, "The new normal for concerts could involve mixed reality holograms," 16 Dec. 2020 Enter the selzterator, a DIY sparkling-water draft machine guaranteed to revolutionize your home hydration game. New York Times, "Make A DIY Seltzerator," 12 Dec. 2020 There could be found youthful editions of the very people who soon would go on to revolutionize American comedy. Rick Kogan,, "Who and what we lost in 2020: From notable artists to Chicago experiences, they’re gone or changed but not forgotten," 11 Dec. 2020 Big tech was going to revolutionize the car market. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Big Tech’s Auto Dreams Are Stuck in the Slow Lane," 4 Dec. 2020 Being able to predict their structure could revolutionize our understanding of disease and lead to new, more targeted pharmaceuticals for everything from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Know when to fold ’em: How a company best known for playing games used A.I. to solve one of biology’s greatest mysteries," 30 Nov. 2020 The company is the latest in a string of Chinese firms that pumped up user and investor interest with promises to revolutionize a traditional industry using technology, only to come crashing to the ground. Jane Li, Quartz, "China’s WeWork for renters is creating a new batch of internet economy victims," 26 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of revolutionize

1797, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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17 Jan 2021

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“Revolutionize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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