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
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.
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