One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1rare with object To convey by automobile. Also without object: to travel by automobile. rare.
2with object To provide or equip with automobiles; specifically to provide (a place) with motor vehicles and a suitable road system; to accustom (a place's population) to the use of motor vehicles.
Early 20th century. From automobile + -ize. Compare slightly earlier automobilized.
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