urbanization

noun ur·ban·i·za·tion \ ˌər-bə-nə-ˈzā-shən \
Updated on: 22 May 2018

Definition of urbanization

: the quality or state of being urbanized or the process of becoming urbanized

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The word urbanization started appearing in print way back in the 1880s, which says something about the growth of American cities. The expansion of Los Angeles was an early example of uncontrolled urbanization. Urbanization is often seen as a negative trend, with bad effects on quality of life and the environment. But apartments require much less heat than houses, and commuting by mass transit rather than cars can reduce pollution and energy use, and cities offer improved opportunities for jobs (and often for education and housing as well), so city growth doesn't make everyone unhappy.

First Known Use of urbanization

1888

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URBANIZATION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of urbanization for English Language Learners

  • : the process by which towns and cities are formed and become larger as more and more people begin living and working in central areas



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