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commercialize

or (especially British) commercialise

[kuh-mur-shuh-lahyz] /kəˈmɜr ʃəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), commercialized, commercializing.
1.
to make commercial in character, methods, or spirit.
2.
to emphasize the profitable aspects of, especially at the expense of quality:
to commercialize one's artistic talent.
3.
to offer for sale; make available as a commodity.
Origin of commercialize
Related forms
commercialization, noun
commercializer, noun
decommercialization, noun
decommercialize, verb (used with object), decommercialized, decommercializing.
overcommercialization, noun
overcommercialize, verb (used with object), overcommercialized, overcommercializing.
quasi-commercialized, adjective
uncommercialized, adjective
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  • It was another little thing they had picked up in our world, from our civilization,—the commercialization of art.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • The White Slave Traffic, about which we hear so much these days, is a direct result of this commercialization.

  • But in the tropics, where the dance and jollity are no private matters, there is something sterile in commercialization.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • Its purpose was to streamline the commercialization of a farm product, and in this effort it was highly successful.

    Frying Pan Farm Elizabeth Brown Pryor
  • commercialization has never affected any literature more than it has affected the American short story in the past.

  • The commercialization of brides is substantially universal, except in America.

  • Her people are an excitable, flaming people who may burst out in a spasmodic revulsion against their commercialization.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • The commercialization of certain exceptional talents has also produced exceptional incomes, direct and derivative.

    Preface to Androcles and the Lion George Bernard Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for commercialization

commercialize

/kəˈmɜːʃəˌlaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make commercial in aim, methods, or character
2.
to exploit for profit, esp at the expense of quality
Derived Forms
commercialization, commercialisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for commercialization
n.

1889, from commercialize + -ation.

commercialize

v.

1830, from commercial (adj.) + -ize. Related: Commercialized; commercializing.

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