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urbanization

[ur-buh-nuh-zey-shuh n] /ˌɜr bə nəˈzeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
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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Related forms
overurbanization, noun
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  • urbanization gave way to suburbanization, and with it the universal threat of loneliness.
  • The general rule of course is that in a homogeneous population urbanization drives violence down.
  • They are already transforming the perspective on urbanization and population growth.
  • First, urbanization and industrialization made the poor more dependent on public charity for a minimum level of subsistence.
  • So, too, did the economic expansion and urbanization that got under way in the fifteenth century.
  • The squirrels have been squeezed out, it's thought, by urbanization and a legion of natural predators.
  • The populations and low urbanization geographically would have separated them.
  • Once this disappeared and urbanization began to rise and agriculture declined, labor unrest followed.
  • urbanization causes more people to work jobs that encourage sedentary lifestyles.
  • And, despite increasing urbanization throughout the world, people and wildlife are sharing more infections.
Word Origin and History for urbanization
n.

1888, noun of action from urbanize.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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urbanization 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
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Encyclopedia Article for urbanization

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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