rug·​ged·​ize ˈrə-gə-ˌdīz How to pronounce ruggedize (audio)
ruggedized; ruggedizing

transitive verb

: to strengthen (something, such as a machine) for better resistance to wear, stress, and abuse
a ruggedized camera
ruggedization noun

Examples of ruggedize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the very top priorities would be huge upgrades to the Texas grid — to ruggedize and diversify its power sources and transmission lines, and especially add new connections to the rest of the country. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 17 June 2021 Now, Katzschmann and his colleagues have ruggedized SoFi and reinvented its buoyancy control system. National Geographic, 21 Mar. 2018 Rugged Monster Mats are there to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous seaside adventure, while the sill plates are similarly ruggedized. Davey G. Johnson, Car and Driver, 11 Jan. 2018 The Xperia devices have always impressed with their build quality and their forward-looking features like ruggedizing and waterproofing. Maurizio Pesce, WIRED, 3 Sep. 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ruggedize was in 1947

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Cite this Entry

“Ruggedize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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