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[mek-uh-nahyz] /ˈmɛk əˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), mechanized, mechanizing.
to make mechanical.
to operate or perform by or as if by machinery.
to introduce machinery into (an industry, enterprise, etc.), especially in order to replace manual labor.
Military. to equip with tanks and other armored vehicles.
Also, especially British, mechanise.
Origin of mechanize
1695-1705; mechan(ic) + -ize
Related forms
mechanization, noun
mechanizer, noun
antimechanization, adjective
unmechanized, adjective Unabridged
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  • The mechanization of economics had become a common possession for everybody.

    The New Society Walther Rathenau
  • mechanization most drastically altered life on the family farm.

    Frying Pan Farm Elizabeth Brown Pryor
  • For processing short-length wool fibers its mechanization proved most difficult to achieve.

  • The two systems of mechanization were at their zenith, and the other countries looked, in political affairs, as slovenly as ever.

    The New Society Walther Rathenau
  • But mechanization is not of necessity all there is to habit.

  • mechanization and specialization of the family farm did not necessarily lighten the farmer's workload.

    Frying Pan Farm Elizabeth Brown Pryor
  • In other production branches the level of mechanization was extremely low.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • I have so greatly ventured because I have at length solved the final step in the mechanization of the world.

British Dictionary definitions for mechanization


verb (transitive)
to equip (a factory, industry, etc) with machinery
to make mechanical, automatic, or monotonous
to equip (an army, etc) with motorized or armoured vehicles
Derived Forms
mechanization, mechanisation, noun
mechanizer, mechaniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for mechanization

1834, from mechanize + -ation.

In our country, the ancient languages are studied, to a sad extent, as a mere exercise in the technics of etymology, syntax and prosody; and when thus pursued, there can be no good reason for so great a sacrifice of time and labor, or for that mechanization (if we may make a term) of mind which is the natural result. ["American Annals of Education and Instruction," December 1834]



1670s; see mechanic (adj.) + -ize. Related: Mechanized; mechanizing.

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