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 Double wall ovens with chic, glass-touch controls and WiFi to control from your phone would revolutionize my hosting experience. Café Appliances, Bon Appétit, "How One Bon Appétit Editor Makes Dinner Guests Feel Like Family," 26 Nov. 2019 Osman, from the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, is part of a university-wide push to study and revolutionize biofuels. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Scientist Turns Beer Byproducts Into Carbon Nanotubes," 26 Nov. 2019 PayPal revolutionized online shopping with its payments system two decades ago, but lately more tech companies have been encroaching on its turf. Wired, "Why Did PayPal Pay $4 Billion for a Coupon Browser Extension?," 23 Nov. 2019 Back in 2016, Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest man, revolutionized the industry with the launch of his telecom venture Reliance Jio. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "India is the best place in the world to have a smartphone. That’s about to change.," 22 Nov. 2019 Gehry revolutionized architecture with his visionary constructions and his contributions to the field earned him countless honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Vogue, "Inside the Guggenheim’s Annual Dior-Filled Gala," 18 Nov. 2019 James Cameron revolutionized the action film with 1984’s Terminator and 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, delivering two classics that have stood the test of time. Derek Lawrence,, "Will Terminator be back? What Dark Fate's disappointing box office means for the franchise's future," 4 Nov. 2019 The mid-19th Century invention of the rotary printing press revolutionized newspaper production and vastly increased circulation. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: The internet has changed our lives for the better too," 25 Oct. 2019 Quantum computers might one day revolutionize tasks that would take existing computers years, including the hunt for new drugs and optimizing city and transportation planning. NBC News, "Google claims quantum computing breakthrough. IBM pushes back.," 23 Oct. 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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1 Dec 2019

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“Revolutionize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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