Definition of urbanization
: the quality or state of being urbanized or the process of becoming urbanized
Recent Examples of urbanization from the Web
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.
Two decades ago, caught in a frenetic bout of industrialization and urbanization that left resources for little else, the city had few museums and no art market to speak of.
In some ways, Tongzhou represents exactly the kind of urbanization China wants.
The urbanization and suburbanization of the South and Midwest have given Democrats a bit more than demographic momentum in presidential races, as well.
Blocks emerged, with projections of buildings on them: urbanization!
Today everything is about urbanization, urban studies, metropolitan concerns, network societies and so on.
The country’s rapid urbanization has led to groups of villages’ being razed to make way for high-rises.
These advances were enabled not just by technological innovation in plumbing and electricity, but also by urbanization.
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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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