urbanize

verb ur·ban·ize \ ˈər-bə-ˌnīz \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of urbanize

urbanized; urbanizing
transitive verb
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

urbanize Synonyms

Synonyms
citify
Related Words
civilize, cultivate


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