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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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  • To thus commercialize pleasure is as monstrous as it is to commercialize art.

  • It is too myself, like my earlobes and my throat, to commercialize by the day.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
  • The Austrians do not commercialize their pleasure in the hope of wheedling dollars from American pockets.

    Europe After 8:15 H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
  • In 1880 he began to commercialize a two-cycle stationary engine.

    Automobile Biographies Lyman Horace Weeks
  • Money will not tempt him to commercialize his gaiety and regulate it to meet the morbid demands of the interloper.

    Europe After 8:15 H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
  • Early efforts to commercialize waterways materialized in 1790.

  • It remained for this industrial and much-vaunted age systematically to commercialize vice.

  • We give money prizes for work in our schools and thus strive to commercialize the things of the mind and of the spirit.

    The Reconstructed School Francis B. Pearson
  • There are those, of course, who will commercialize this misconception of education by publishing books of questions and answers.

    The Vitalized School Francis B. Pearson
British Dictionary definitions for commercialize


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 commercialize

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

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