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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 mechanized
adj.

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

mechanize

v.

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

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