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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.
Origin of mechanize
1695-1705
1695-1705; mechan(ic) + -ize
Related forms
mechanization, noun
mechanizer, noun
antimechanization, adjective
unmechanized, adjective
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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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