urbanize

[ur-buh-nahyz]
verb (used with object), urbanized, urbanizing.
to make or cause to become urban, as a locality.
Also, especially British, urbanise.


Origin:
1635–45; urban + -ize

urbanization, noun
nonurbanized, adjective
overurbanize, verb, overurbanized, overurbanizing.
unurbanized, adjective
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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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Example sentences
One challenge in many rural areas is the inability to maintain transit service
  and funding as areas rapidly urbanize.
As areas urbanize this type of design may result in major drainage and flooding
  problems downstream.
High water levels may make it more difficult to urbanize some interior areas
  but would benefit aquatic environments.
As areas urbanize, this type of design may result in increased flooding
  problems downstream.
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