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[ur-buh-nahyz] /ˈɜr bəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), urbanized, urbanizing.
to make or cause to become urban, as a locality.
Also, especially British, urbanise.
Origin of urbanize
1635-45; urban + -ize
Related forms
urbanization, noun
nonurbanized, adjective
overurbanize, verb, overurbanized, overurbanizing.
unurbanized, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for urbanize


verb (transitive)
(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

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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