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urbanize

[ur-buh-nahyz] /ˈɜr bəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), urbanized, urbanizing.
1.
to make or cause to become urban, as a locality.
Also, especially British, urbanise.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; urban + -ize
Related forms
urbanization, noun
nonurbanized, adjective
overurbanize, verb, overurbanized, overurbanizing.
unurbanized, adjective
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Examples for urbanize
  • 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.
  • However as agricultural regions urbanize sugarcane industries are coming under increasing public scrutiny.
  • Future growth that is anticipated to urbanize the area may continue to pose challenges.
  • As land areas urbanize, stream ecosystems can be substantially altered.
British Dictionary definitions for urbanize

urbanize

/ˈɜːbəˌnaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
(usually passive)
  1. to make (esp a predominantly rural area or country) more industrialized and urban
  2. to cause the migration of an increasing proportion of (rural dwellers) into cities
Derived Forms
urbanization, urbanisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for urbanize
v.

1640s, "to make more civil;" 1884 "to make into a city," from urban + -ize; in the latter sense from French urbaniser (1873). Related: Urbanized; urbanizing.

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