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
As the planet gets more urbanized, cities need a fundamental rethink.
It is urbanized and prosperous enough to do this, fortunately.
In our own culture, as we've become more urbanized, we've lost this connection
  with the natural world.
In urbanized areas these traces tend to be smoothed or cancelled to build new
  infrastructures.
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