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[rev-uh-loo-shuh-nahyz] /ˌrɛv əˈlu ʃəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), revolutionized, revolutionizing.
to bring about a revolution in; effect a radical change in:
to revolutionize petroleum refining methods.
to subject to a political revolution.
Also, especially British, revolutionise.
1790-1800; revolution + -ize
Related forms
revolutionizer, noun
quasi-revolutionized, adjective
unrevolutionized, adjective Unabridged
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  • The availability of journals electronically has revolutionized literature research.
  • Changes which came about in the thirties well-nigh revolutionized the newspapers.
  • But the military manner was revolutionized by the war.
  • Above all, he revolutionized the way papers were distributed.
  • Such initiatives have revolutionized distance learning.
  • Social networking sites have completely revolutionized how people receive their news.
  • Social media networks have revolutionized the way people interact around the world.
  • It revolutionized our understand of physics and the physical world.
  • More significantly, the observatory has revolutionized gamma-ray astronomy.
  • As the differences between humans and chimps come to light, for instance, medicine will be revolutionized.
British Dictionary definitions for revolutionized


verb (transitive)
to bring about a radical change in: science has revolutionized civilization
to inspire or infect with revolutionary ideas: they revolutionized the common soldiers
to cause a revolution in (a country, etc)
Derived Forms
revolutionizer, revolutioniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for revolutionized



1797, "to cause to undergo a (political) revolution;" see revolution + -ize. Transferred sense of "to change a thing completely and fundamentally" is first recorded 1799. Related: Revolutionized; revolutionizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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