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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.
Also, especially British, mechanise.
Origin of mechanize
1695-1705; mechan(ic) + -ize
Related forms
mechanization, noun
mechanizer, noun
antimechanization, adjective
unmechanized, adjective Unabridged
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  • Handmade products crafted in small-town shops gave way to urban factories and mechanized production.
  • He essentially mechanized the craft of woodblock printing, a painstaking, time-consuming process.
  • Our conceptions of the brain have followed a parallel course toward mechanized models of disease and healing.
  • But in the future the technology could enable safe and rapid mechanized building construction.
  • In that limited geography, the bicycle is the prevalent form of mechanized transport.
  • Wheat--cheap to grow and cheap to transport by the new mechanized techniques--was at the center of these trends.
  • The harvest of some commodities was mechanized much sooner than many observers expected.
  • And, despite predictions, other industries still are not mechanized.
  • Tank battalions and mechanized infantry battalions no longer exist.
British Dictionary definitions for mechanized


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 mechanized

in the military sense of "equipped with or using mechanical vehicles and weapons," 1928, from past participle of mechanize (v.).



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

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