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[kuh-lek-tuh-vahyz] /kəˈlɛk təˌvaɪz/
verb (used with object), collectivized, collectivizing.
to organize (a people, industry, economy, etc.) according to the principles of collectivism.
Also, especially British, collectivise.
1890-95; collective + -ize
Related forms
collectivization, noun
decollectivize, verb (used with object), decollectivized, decollectivizing. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for collectivization
  • Laws of thermodynamics still apply, whether you believe in collectivization or free markets.
  • For one interminable stretch, the militia and some villagers discuss collectivization of land.
  • The plan called for industrialization at a breakneck pace, accompanied by collectivization of agriculture.
  • Emphasis was placed on accelerated collectivization of agriculture, national self-sufficiency, and labor-intensive methods.
British Dictionary definitions for collectivization


(transitive) to organize according to the principles of collectivism
Derived Forms
collectivization, collectivisation, noun
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Encyclopedia Article for collectivization

policy adopted by the Soviet government, pursued most intensively between 1929 and 1933, to transform traditional agriculture in the Soviet Union and to reduce the economic power of the kulaks (prosperous peasants). Under collectivization the peasantry were forced to give up their individual farms and join large collective farms (kolkhozy). The process was ultimately undertaken in conjunction with the campaign to industrialize the Soviet Union rapidly. But before the drive began, long and bitter debates over the nature and pace of collectivization went on among the Soviet leaders (especially between Stalin and Trotsky, 1925-27, and between Stalin and Nikolay Bukharin, 1927-29).

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