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or (especially British) industrialise

[in-duhs-tree-uh-lahyz] /ɪnˈdʌs tri əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), industrialized, industrializing.
to introduce industry into (an area) on a large scale.
to convert to the ideals, methods, aims, etc., of industrialism.
verb (used without object), industrialized, industrializing.
to undergo industrialization.
to follow or espouse industrialism.
Origin of industrialize
1880-85; industrial + -ize
Related forms
industrialization, noun
nonindustrialized, adjective
overindustrialize, verb, overindustrialized, overindustrializing.
semi-industrialized, adjective
unindustrialized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for industrialize
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  • She tried to industrialize and had the support of the free nations.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Remember, we've been helping to industrialize the west, too.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Pin an apron on her in the morning, Katy, and hand her a dust cloth and tell her to industrialize.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Eight years ago, India and China both set out to industrialize themselves.

    Revolution Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • They're trying to industrialize, modernize, catch up with the advanced countries.

    I'm a Stranger Here Myself Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Electrification is desired not merely for reorganizing industry, but in order to industrialize agriculture.

  • The country has been the slowest of the pact nations to industrialize, and its standard of living has been the lowest.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for industrialize


(transitive) to develop industry on an extensive scale in (a country, region, etc)
(intransitive) (of a country, region, etc) to undergo the development of industry on an extensive scale
Derived Forms
industrialization, industrialisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for industrialize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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