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 serialization (audio) \ noun

Examples of serialize in a Sentence

Her story was serialized in the magazine.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 This serialized podcast tells the story of an 8-year-old boy living on an interplanetary space station who explores the galaxy and solves mysteries with his friends. Frannie Ucciferri, Washington Post, "Common Sense Media shares 25 great podcasts for kids," 6 Aug. 2019 Many Japanese grew up with Astro Boy, the robotic child with X-ray vision and an ability to fly that was created in the 1950s and serialized in manga comics and television. Los Angeles Times, "Desperate for workers, aging Japan turns to robots for healthcare," 25 July 2019 Neither Soviet leader Joseph Stalin nor US president Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote a similar history, and it was serialized in the New York Times. Heather Timmons, Quartz, "The Queen’s gift to Trump is a set of history books with a pointed message," 4 June 2019 Not long after an updated, edgy version of classic musical Oklahoma! debuted on Broadway, news landed that another revival of the beloved show was being planned—and this time, the story will be serialized. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "A TV Adaptation of the Oklahoma! Musical Is in the Works," 17 Apr. 2019 The episodes will be serialized, instead of a case-of-the-week. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "When Will the New 'Veronica Mars' Stream on Hulu? We've Got All the Details," 29 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of serialize

1852, in the meaning defined above

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27 Nov 2019

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“Serialize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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