urbanize

verb ur·ban·ize \ ˈər-bə-ˌnīz \
|Updated on: 20 Jun 2018

Definition of urbanize

urbanized; urbanizing
1 : to cause to take on urban characteristics
  • urbanized areas
2 : to impart an urban way of life to
  • urbanize migrants from rural areas

Examples of urbanize in a Sentence

  1. every September the city of Boston urbanizes a new crop of college students from small towns across the country

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First Known Use of urbanize

1836

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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urbanize Synonyms

Synonyms

citify;

Related Words

civilize, cultivate;



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