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revolutionize

[rev-uh-loo-shuh-nahyz] /ˌrɛv əˈlu ʃəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), revolutionized, revolutionizing.
1.
to bring about a revolution in; effect a radical change in:
to revolutionize petroleum refining methods.
2.
to subject to a political revolution.
Also, especially British, revolutionise.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; revolution + -ize
Related forms
revolutionizer, noun
quasi-revolutionized, adjective
unrevolutionized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for revolutionizer

revolutionize

/ˌrɛvəˈluːʃəˌnaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to bring about a radical change in: science has revolutionized civilization
2.
to inspire or infect with revolutionary ideas: they revolutionized the common soldiers
3.
to cause a revolution in (a country, etc)
Derived Forms
revolutionizer, revolutioniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for revolutionizer

revolutionize

v.

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.

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