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[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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  • Meanwhile, advocates of locally produced food say the crisis only underscores the dangers of the industrialized food supply.
  • And many of these processes are big enough that even people in industrialized nations cannot protect themselves.
  • But those are only two stops-relatively short and highly industrialized stops-in a long process.
  • It also really shows the shift to an industrialized food system.
  • In every industrialized nation, the movement to reform health care has begun with stories about cruelty.
  • In the industrialized west they have a better shot at happiness, but they remain at a disadvantage.
  • Rates of heart disease, cancer, and alzheimer's are at astronomic levels compared to the rest of the industrialized world.
  • These regions seem to be leapfrogging the wire-bound infrastructure of industrialized nations.
  • Add to that a backlash against fast food and industrialized farming, and the bistro emerged reborn.
  • We must get away from this industrialized concept that everything must be purely monoculture.
British Dictionary definitions for industrialized


(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
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Word Origin and History for industrialized



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

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