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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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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Apple has a history in animation, with founder Steve Jobs helping revolutionize the genre. Fortune, "Apple's Big Content Plans Just Got Bigger—It Wants to Make Feature Films," 15 June 2018 Former journalist Amanda Jones and tech entrepreneur Jennifer Chapin founded Kikoko to help revolutionize women’s health, although men can reap the same benefits from drinking it. Steffi Victorioso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Local Women Are Hosting Fancy “High Teas” With the Help of a Cannabis Brand," 29 May 2018 One of the teams was led by Eske Willerslev, a geneticist at the University of Copenhagen who has helped revolutionize our understanding of human prehistory by collecting DNA from age-old skeletons. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "In Ancient Skeletons, Scientists Discover a Modern Foe: Hepatitis B," 9 May 2018 These efforts are helping revolutionize agricultural science and practice. Discover Magazine, "At the Cutting Edge of Plant Science," 2 May 2018 Ortega, whose 16-year-old restaurant, Hugo's, helped revolutionize Houston's Mexican dining scene, introduces a whole world of Oaxacan tastes here. Brett Martin, GQ, "GQ's Best New Restaurants in America, 2018," 23 Apr. 2018 The company promised to revolutionize the medical industry with proprietary technology, gleaning a tremendous amount of information from a single drop of blood. Elizabeth Holmes, Marie Claire, "The Perils of Having an Infamous Name Twin," 11 Apr. 2018 The once-darling Silicon Valley startup that promised to revolutionize the blood-testing industry and fetched a valuation of $9 billion may have finally been dealt a death blow. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "SEC charges Theranos with “massive fraud,” CEO Holmes stripped of control," 14 Mar. 2018 The idea intrigued a writer who was helping revolutionize baseball analysis in the public arena. Dennis Lin,, "Timing right for FanGraphs' Cameron to join Padres," 10 Jan. 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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