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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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Examples from the web for urbanized
  • 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.
  • As the surrounding areas completely suburbanized and urbanized, this is a good-size chunk of habitat.
  • In short, they could selectively breed for intelligence in highly urbanized societies.
  • Though the city is quite urbanized, plenty of delightful natural getaways dot in the area.
  • My own leans toward the urbanized rustic, food that is casual and informal and yet informed by the influences of city eating.
British Dictionary definitions for urbanized


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 urbanized



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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