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[ur-buh-nuh-zey-shuh n] /ˌɜr bə nəˈzeɪ ʃən/
the act or fact of urbanizing, or taking on the characteristics of a city:
Urbanization has led to more air pollution and increasing childhood asthma.
Also, especially British, urbanisation.
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overurbanization, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for urbanisation
  • The food shortage is caused a lot by urbanisation, less farm lands.
  • What is clear is that urbanisation is changing the way alcohol is drunk.
  • And, globally, the provision of water to cities is not keeping pace with urbanisation.
  • Located in big cities, they accelerate urbanisation.
  • The party will also have to work harder to sustain the urbanisation that has fuelled the economy.
  • urbanisation and rising incomes have fuelled faster growth in domestic demand.
  • Affluence and urbanisation mean new kinds of unhealthy lifestyles.
  • The right role for government, then, is not to resist urbanisation but to minimise the consequences when disaster strikes.
  • There are alternative measures of progress, including urbanisation and the demographic transition.
  • One has only to look at the ever accelerating rate of urbanisation all around the globe to see that larger planes are the answer.
Word Origin and History for urbanisation

chiefly British English spelling of urbanization. For spelling, see -ize.



1888, noun of action from urbanize.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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urbanisation in Culture

urbanization definition

The process by which cities grow or by which societies become more urban.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Encyclopedia Article for urbanisation


the process by which large numbers of people become permanently concentrated in relatively small areas, forming cities.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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