urbanization

[ur-buh-nuh-zey-shuhn]
noun
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.


Origin:
urbaniz(e) + -ation

overurbanization, noun
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urbanize or urbanise (ˈɜːbəˌnaɪz)
 
vb
(usually passive)
 a.  to make (esp a predominantly rural area or country) more industrialized and urban
 b.  to cause the migration of an increasing proportion of (rural dwellers) into cities
 
urbanise or urbanise
 
vb
 
urbani'zation or urbanise
 
n
 
urbani'sation or urbanise
 
n

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urbanization definition


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

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Example sentences
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.
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