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industrialize

[in-duhs-tree-uh-lahyz] /ɪnˈdʌs tri əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), industrialized, industrializing.
1.
to introduce industry into (an area) on a large scale.
2.
to convert to the ideals, methods, aims, etc., of industrialism.
verb (used without object), industrialized, industrializing.
3.
to undergo industrialization.
4.
to follow or espouse industrialism.
Also, especially British, industrialise.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; industrial + -ize
Related forms
industrialization, noun
nonindustrialized, adjective
overindustrialize, verb, overindustrialized, overindustrializing.
semi-industrialized, adjective
unindustrialized, adjective
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Examples from the web for industrialize
  • More countries are building infrastructure and as countries industrialize the population growth rate drops.
  • Our society today will be the first society to reverse modernization and de-industrialize western democracies.
  • By helping developing countries get clean, cheap nuclear power, they get the energy to industrialize.
  • The same folks who want to de-industrialize today, wanted to do the same way back when.
  • Companies are coming in to consolidate the land and industrialize sugarcane.
  • The goal of the rest is o industrialize without westernizing.
  • The situation is now changing as developing nations industrialize at a much faster pace.
  • Still, the solar farms will industrialize the desert on an unparalleled scale.
  • Moreover, new producers are emerging as developing countries industrialize.
  • Greenville residents persevered and rebuilt, and the city continued to grow and industrialize.
British Dictionary definitions for industrialize

industrialize

/ɪnˈdʌstrɪəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to develop industry on an extensive scale in (a country, region, etc)
2.
(intransitive) (of a country, region, etc) to undergo the development of industry on an extensive scale
Derived Forms
industrialization, industrialisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for industrialize
v.

1852, from industrial + -ize, or else from French industrialiser (1842), from Medieval Latin industrialis. Related: Industrialized; industrializing.

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