mechanize

[mek-uh-nahyz]
verb (used with object), mechanized, mechanizing.
1.
to make mechanical.
2.
to operate or perform by or as if by machinery.
3.
to introduce machinery into (an industry, enterprise, etc.), especially in order to replace manual labor.
4.
Military. to equip with tanks and other armored vehicles.
Also, especially British, mechanise.


Origin:
1695–1705; mechan(ic) + -ize

mechanization, noun
mechanizer, noun
antimechanization, adjective
unmechanized, adjective
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mechanize or mechanise (ˈmɛkəˌnaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to equip (a factory, industry, etc) with machinery
2.  to make mechanical, automatic, or monotonous
3.  to equip (an army, etc) with motorized or armoured vehicles
 
mechanise or mechanise
 
vb
 
mechani'zation or mechanise
 
n
 
mechani'sation or mechanise
 
n
 
'mechanizer or mechanise
 
n
 
'mechaniser or mechanise
 
n

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mechanize
1670s; see mechanic + -ize. Related: Mechanization; mechanized.
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Example sentences
The point is to increase mechanization and eliminate the need for workers to
  harvest bunch by bunch.
The main technological advances have to do with more sophisticated blending of
  techniques and mechanization.
Mechanization of agriculture is rapidly following the breakthrough wheat
  production.
Until now, the mechanization of the food industry has been to blame for serious
  environmental issues.
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