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[kuh-mod-uh-fahy] /kəˈmɒd əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), commodified, commodifying.
to turn into a commodity; make commercial.
to treat as if a commodity.
Also, commoditize.
Related forms
commodifiable, adjective
commodification, noun Unabridged
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  • Those communiqués appeared to condemn the commodification of art, but it is difficult to be sure what the messages really mean.
  • The humanities might benefit from exploring the connection between commodification and the subjective.
  • There are several ways in which commodification of water is taking place.
  • They're linguistic signifiers stuffed with commodification and infested by interpretation.
  • Before there was even an art market for photography, the camera was deeply implicated in the commodification business.
  • Other articles railed against the empty commodification of culture politics.
  • All entail the design, selection and commodification of human life.
  • Earthworks were one means of countering the commodification of art.
  • The commodification of artists and writers may be off-putting, but it's neither new nor all that deplorable.
  • They're troubled by the commodification of their childhood and the willful ignorance of the past.
British Dictionary definitions for commodification


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
(transitive) to treat (something) inappropriately as if it can be acquired or marketed like other commodities: you can't commodify art
Derived Forms
commodification, noun
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Word Origin and History for commodification

1968, from commodity + -fication. Originally in Marxist political theory, "the assignment of a market value," often to some quality or material the user of the word feels would be better without it.



1971, back-formation from commodification. Related: Commodified; commodifying.

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