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[suh-bur-buh-nahyz] /səˈbɜr bəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), suburbanized, suburbanizing.
to give suburban characteristics to:
to suburbanize a rural area.
Also, especially British, suburbanise.
1890-95; suburban + -ize
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suburbanization, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for suburbanization
  • Urbanization gave way to suburbanization, and with it the universal threat of loneliness.
  • suburbanization created all sorts of new demand for automobiles and television sets and durable goods.
  • For decades, suburbanization removed productive agriculture from the landscape unnecessarily.
  • And with upward mobility, or suburbanization, there came also a notable shift in ethical sensibility.
  • The suburbanization of poverty and help for struggling families.
  • suburbanization has been an ongoing and continuous process in many communities.
  • Loss of habitat as a result of conversion of rangeland to irrigated land and, in some areas, loss of habitat to suburbanization.
  • These are but a few of the impacts that go along with suburbanization.
  • Repopulation of urban centers and continued suburbanization will increase municipal water demand.
  • With streetcar lines improving transit, suburbanization could extend as far as demand would take it.
British Dictionary definitions for suburbanization


(transitive) to make suburban
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Word Origin and History for suburbanization

1926, noun of action from suburbanize.



1893, from suburban + -ize. Related: Suburbanized; suburbanizing.

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suburbanization in Culture
suburbanization [(suh-bur-buh-nuh-zay-shuhn)]

The establishment of residential communities on the outskirts of a city. In the United States, many suburbs were created after World War II, during a period of tremendous growth in population and industry. Suburban dwellers typically work in the cities but raise their families in a less-congested, safer, and more relaxed atmosphere. Especially in the United States, suburbanization often is associated with the sprawl of population.

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