se·​ri·​al·​ize | \ ˈsir-ē-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce serialize (audio) \
serialized; serializing

Definition of serialize

transitive verb

: to arrange or publish in serial form serialize a novel

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serialization \ ˌsir-​ē-​ə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce serialize (audio) \ noun

Examples of serialize in a Sentence

Her story was serialized in the magazine.
Recent Examples on the Web Coronabonds would serialize the reward (and mutual debts) of a Union where anyone can place their social politics on the tab of more fiscally alert states. Peter Rough, National Review, "The European Union Needs More National Flexibility," 22 Apr. 2020 There are serialized shows (aka movies divided into chapters), documentaries, and reality shows. cleveland, "What is Quibi? 5 shows to watch on the new bite-size streaming service," 6 Apr. 2020 First serialized in 1897, The War of the Worlds was published as a book the following year and has remained in print ever since. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "BBC drops first trailer for new adaptation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds," 30 Sep. 2019 BERT FIELDS Greenberg Glusker The rise and evolution of new and different ways of watching dramas, e.g., streaming and serialized mini-watching. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Content Clashes and the Netflix Effect: Hollywood Lawyers Discuss the Decade Ahead," 2 Jan. 2020 The work, by late veteran journalist and diarist Kenneth Rose, has been serialized in the Daily Mail and sheds new light on some of the behind-the-scenes thinking of the royals. Simon Perry,, "10 Bombshells from Royal Biographer's Secret Diary — Including Service to Lay Diana's Ghost to Rest," 6 Nov. 2019 Nike made the clever move of serializing the line from the start, allowing it to keep releasing new iterations to fans who bought them up. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Nike’s Jordan brand reached a billion-dollar milestone," 21 Dec. 2019 The Sneak is a new, serialized true crime podcast, out today on Wondery+, from For The Win and USA TODAY Sports. Nate Scott, For The Win, "Introducing The Sneak, a new true crime podcast from For The Win and USA TODAY Sports," 13 Nov. 2019 Structurally, the show whips around from weekly forgettable David vs. Goliath cases to one serialized case without enough meat on its bones to justify the extension and more frivolous legal matters like the fight over a BBQ recipe. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Bluff City Law' and 'All Rise': TV Reviews," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of serialize

1852, in the meaning defined above

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“Serialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of serialize

: to broadcast or publish (something, such as a story) in separate parts over a period of time

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