se·ri·al·ize | \ˈsir-ē-ə-ˌlīz \
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 \ noun

Examples of serialize in a Sentence

Her story was serialized in the magazine.

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Most serialized television involves setting up big, epic changes that are then almost immediately reversed. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "It writes a check its sequel probably can’t cash.," 27 Apr. 2018 Scribner, his American publisher, is set up to figure out an arrangement with Cosmopolitan Magazine, which has agreed to serialize Across the River and Into the Trees. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Hemingway’s Last Girl," 12 July 2018 Gintama is a long-running comedy/action comic serialized in the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, and the live-action adaptation directed by Yuichi Fukuda features Shun Oguri, Masaki Suda and Kanna Hashimoto in the starring roles. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "J-Pop Band back number's Song Featured in Live-Action 'Gintama' Sequel," 6 July 2018 The British writer Philip Toynbee would contribute a Letter from London, while novels and essays the committee particularly liked would be serialized prior to their publication or with a view to attracting a potential publisher. Longreads, "When Sartre and Beauvoir Started a Magazine," 10 Apr. 2018 For its processors, Intel has always documented lfence as having semi-serializing behavior. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s compiler-level Spectre fix shows how hard this problem will be to solve," 14 Feb. 2018 That's not even counting competitive online games that functionally never end thanks to regular infusions of new content—the video game equivalent of an epic fantasy series or serialized comic book. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Florence’s breezy, slice-of-life romance is a refreshing take on gaming," 15 Feb. 2018 Uncle Tom’s Cabin,’’ was published in book form after being serialized., "This day in history," 20 Mar. 2018 All were startled into new ambition by the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, which had been serialized between 1918 and 1920. Charles Finch, USA TODAY, "Why the year 1922 rocked the book world," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of serialize

1852, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of serialize was in 1852

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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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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