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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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Examples from the web for commercialize
  • We're working to commercialize a system for testing water for potability.
  • We are working to commercialize technology that can make liquid transportation fuels from natural gas instead of crude oil.
  • Industry and academia have responded by partnering to help commercialize technologies.
  • The technologies industries commercialize often have their origins in publicly funded science or military research projects.
  • Now the researchers are looking to license their drive system to a company that can commercialize it.
  • Both are trying to commercialize the technology, envisioning it as a means for next-generation propulsion.
  • Licensees are required to submit periodic reports detailing the progress made to commercialize licensed patents.
  • The cooperating firm provides the resources needed to develop and commercialize a new product, process, or service.
  • Codes and standards are needed to ensure safety, as well as to commercialize hydrogen as a fuel.
  • Our mission includes partnering with industry to commercialize our inventions.
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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