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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.
Origin of mechanize
1695-1705; mechan(ic) + -ize
Related forms
mechanization, noun
mechanizer, noun
antimechanization, adjective
unmechanized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mechanize
  • Our priorities are to reduce the wealth gap, raise migrant worker's salaries, and mechanize agriculture.
  • Rubber tapping remains a labor-intensive activity despite efforts to mechanize production.
  • However, population rapidly declined when the coal industry began to mechanize, requiring less human labor.
  • Initially, computers were looked upon as devices to mechanize existing work processes and functions.
  • The impediment to development is to mechanize the steps now performed by hand.
  • Despite longstanding efforts to mechanize this process, tuna cleaning is typically still done manually.
  • Electricity helped mechanize many tasks that had previously been done by hand.
  • Through this pilot project, contractors were encouraged to mechanize and bid mountain construction projects.
British Dictionary definitions for mechanize


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 mechanize

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

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