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mechanize

[mek-uh-nahyz] /ˈmɛk əˌnaɪz/
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
1695-1705; mechan(ic) + -ize
Related forms
mechanization, noun
mechanizer, noun
antimechanization, adjective
unmechanized, adjective
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Examples from the web for mechanization
  • 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.
  • Our present languages are not especially adapted to this sort of mechanization, it is true.
  • Their thoughts go well beyond the mechanization of quotations and reporting procedures that is currently in progress.
  • The delicate work of harvesting saffron resists mechanization, which makes the spice costly.
  • For both political and economic reasons, this has been true since mechanization.
  • The mechanization program now being carried out should have a favorable influence on the solution of operational difficulties.
  • One of the great advantages of container shipping, compared to traditional breakbulk, is its high degree of mechanization.
British Dictionary definitions for mechanization

mechanize

/ˈmɛkəˌnaɪz/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
mechanization, mechanisation, noun
mechanizer, mechaniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for mechanization
n.

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]

mechanize

v.

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

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