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[kuh-mur-shuh-lahyz] /kəˈmɜr ʃəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), commercialized, commercializing.
to make commercial in character, methods, or spirit.
to emphasize the profitable aspects of, especially at the expense of quality:
to commercialize one's artistic talent.
to offer for sale; make available as a commodity.
Also, especially British, commercialise.
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 Unabridged
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  • The latter raises concern for preservationists, who claim that commercialization is damaging the archaeological treasure.
  • They also do the difficult job of moving that technology to commercialization.
  • Undaunted, air capture researchers are continuing their work toward demonstration of the technology and commercialization.
  • And seems to be on the verge of practical commercialization.
  • commercialization within a market is necessary but totally unacceptable in the science.
  • So, an updated estimate based on those factors and others made cost savings through commercialization even more dramatic.
  • Useful experience includes all aspects of the commercialization process of university and industry intellectual property.
  • But commercialization is still somewhere off the horizon.
  • commercialization has impinged on two core facets of university libraries-their collections and their user services.
  • Equally interesting is the commercialization of the space field.
British Dictionary definitions for commercialization


verb (transitive)
to make commercial in aim, methods, or character
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

1889, from commercialize + -ation.



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

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