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 John Deere himself developed a new kind of steel plow that revolutionized farming in the unfamiliar soil systems across the Midwest. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Here's John Deere's Cropdusting Drone," 7 Nov. 2019 Mexican-American winemakers in California, men and women who came to the U.S. as the primary field laborers and in large part provided the backbone of the industry, are now revolutionizing winemaking as cutting edge vintners. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian, "Celebrating Master Chefs and Revolutionary Culinary Moments," 5 Nov. 2019 While Holmes boasted that her product could perform more than 200 health tests with one drop of blood and would revolutionize the blood-testing industry, Theranos’ analyzer could only perform a small number of tests. Aaliyah Gibson,, "Scams and shams: The biggest frauds in business," 1 Nov. 2019 ProKure’s technology removed that barrier and revolutionized the product. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Disaster restoration and growing medical cannabis have something in common: ProKure Solutions," 27 Oct. 2019 Leonardo never got the commission to build his bridge for the sultan, which is a shame, because his design might have revolutionized bridge architecture much earlier. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Testing Leonardo da Vinci’s bridge: His design was stable, study finds," 16 Oct. 2019 The experiences of several African and Arab states highlight some ways that women are revolutionizing their societies. Rania Abouzeid, National Geographic, "Around the world, women are taking charge of their future," 15 Oct. 2019 Under Gibbs, the Redskins won three Super Bowls and reached a fourth, and revolutionized the NFL with the single-back offense., "Bill Belichick dives deep into his history with the Redskins - The Boston Globe," 6 Oct. 2019 Dallas never advanced past the first round of the postseason after capturing that title, but its the way Nowitzki revolutionized basketball that, to me, makes the man a surefire first-team selection. The Crossover Staff,, "NBA All-Decade Team: Debating Every Part of the List," 19 Sep. 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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17 Nov 2019

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“Revolutionize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 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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