Definition of urbanization
: the quality or state of being urbanized or the process of becoming urbanized
Recent Examples of urbanization from the Web
The international effort launched in 2006 to help cities prepare for rapid population aging and the parallel trend of urbanization.
These hot conditions might be even more troubling in the light of other trends: urbanization and population growth in the tropics, and the growing older segment of the population, which is at higher risk.
Even in the city center, urbanization is often fraught.
The consulting firm McKinsey & Company has estimated that at its current rate of urbanization, India will need to build the equivalent of ‘a new Chicago every year.’
Against the backdrop of rapid urbanization, high immigration, and the rise of mass education, municipal authorities installed bathing facilities to socialize the urban poor into the habits of sanitation.
Those who write about, advocate for and choose to live in cities really do see more urbanization around them.
First, rain of any given amount now produces higher river crests than ever because urbanization increases the runoff of rainwater (and even snowmelt) up to six times what would occur on natural terrain.
Pollinators are in severe decline, primarily due to habitat loss, pesticide use, disease, urbanization and climate change.
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Did You Know?
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
URBANIZATION Defined for English Language Learners
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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