verb (used with object), suburbanized, suburbanizing.
to give suburban characteristics to: to suburbanize a rural area.
Also, especially British, suburbanise.

1890–95; suburban + -ize

suburbanization, noun Unabridged
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suburbanize or suburbanise (sʌˈbɜːbəˌnaɪz)
(tr) to make suburban
suburbanise or suburbanise

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suburbanization [(suh-bur-buh-nuh-zay-shuhn)]

The establishment of residential communities on the outskirts of a city. In the United States, many suburbs were created after World War II, during a period of tremendous growth in population and industry. Suburban dwellers typically work in the cities but raise their families in a less-congested, safer, and more relaxed atmosphere. Especially in the United States, suburbanization often is associated with the sprawl of population.

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Example sentences
Urbanization gave way to suburbanization, and with it the universal threat of
Suburbanization created all sorts of new demand for automobiles and television
  sets and durable goods.
For decades, suburbanization removed productive agriculture from the landscape
And with upward mobility, or suburbanization, there came also a notable shift
  in ethical sensibility.
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