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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urbanization

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

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Example sentences
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.
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