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

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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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After a week that has seen her revolutionize the lingerie show and raise funds for her favorite charity, a sleek red carpet look was merely the icing on the cake. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna Gave the Diamond Ball Its Couture Moment," 13 Sep. 2019 Bobby Jones, the staunch defender who would give Bird major issue, would revolutionize the game and bring glory to a bench role by being the first Sixth Man of the Year award. Gary Washburn,, "Basketball Hall induction was a night for the unheralded," 6 Sep. 2019 There's a commercial burst underway due to new technology, lower-cost access to space, and new business models, Schaefer said, and as traditional space activities are revolutionized, new and complex legal issues crop up. Deanna Paul, Anchorage Daily News, "Space: The final legal frontier," 1 Sep. 2019 Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and his record-setting skill players last season revolutionized what offense means at the University of Alabama. Christopher Smith, al, "‘The Alabama Factor’ may provide value to under bettors," 28 Aug. 2019 With the advent of the digital age, the Internet revolutionized the ability to put them in contact with one another, replacing airport bulletin boards with a website. Mike Lee And Jon Riches, Twin Cities, "Lee, Riches: The FAA needs to let flight-sharing take off," 12 Aug. 2019 These methods could revolutionize early detection of gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn’s disease, colon cancer and irritable bowel syndrome. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: Swallowable Gut Sensors to Detect And Heal," 1 Jan. 2019 Henry Ford didn't revolutionize the automobile industry that way. Fox News, "Lynne Patton responds to Omarosa audio tape," 15 Aug. 2018 LeBron could revolutionize the Blazers as an exorbitantly rich man’s version of Evan Turner. Rob Mahoney,, "The LeBron James Experiment: Considering NBA Free Agency Scenarios for The King," 27 June 2018

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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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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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to spread over or through

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