Definition of industrialize in English:


(also industrialise)


[WITH OBJECT]often as adjective industrialized
  • 1Develop industries in (a country or region) on a wide scale.

    ‘the industrialized nations’
    • ‘The United States remains one of the few advanced industrialized countries in the world that still practices capital punishment.’
    • ‘Swedes entering the work force, like people in most industrialized countries, face bright prospects.’
    • ‘It doesn't have to be textiles, but textiles are the industry that has launched South East Asian nations into what is called industrialising countries.’
    • ‘Parts of the Basque Country have also become heavily industrialized.’
    • ‘The country is the only major industrialized country that does not have a free-trade arrangement with any of its economic partners.’
    • ‘This was a regressive tax system, but less regressive than that of any other industrialized country.’
    • ‘How badly have we as industrialized nations miscalculated in our dealings with those less developed?’
    • ‘Many other industrialized countries are spending about $70 per person, per year.’
    • ‘Instead it plans to purchase quotas of greenhouse gas emission from poorer and less industrialized countries.’
    • ‘Generally, the more industrialized and urbanized a country is the lower the proportion of the population engaged in agricultural production.’
    • ‘Both towns were also larger and more industrialized than other towns in the area.’
    • ‘However, this is changing rapidly, as Thailand becomes industrialized.’
    • ‘Although copyright was conceived of as a right accruing to individual authors, it has grown and changed and become industrialized.’
    • ‘This is a controversial plan as Russia becomes more industrialized.’
    • ‘We have industrialised countries have access to global markets, and developing countries don't have access to global markets.’
    • ‘Japan was the first non-European power to become industrialized, which it had done by the end of the 19th century.’
    • ‘We also recorded whether the research was led from the United Kingdom or another industrialised country or pertained to a developing country.’
    • ‘I expect obesity to worsen in all the industrialized and industrializing countries and for human health to suffer as a result.’
    • ‘Asthma remains the most commonly reported occupational lung disease in most industrialized countries.’
    • ‘The importance for entrepreneurs and competition alike is that an incubator industrializes innovation and new ideas, and solutions come pouring out.’
    automate, motorize, computerize, equip with machines, tool
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    1. 1.1no object (of a country or region) build up a system of industries.
      ‘the country needs to industrialize to create both exports and jobs’
      • ‘Experts point out you cannot have meaningful discussions on issues like global warming without countries which are rapidly industrializing.’
      • ‘The Soviet Union had industrialized rapidly, until she was strong enough to destroy the invading German forces in the Second World War.’
      • ‘Negroes moved to the city, away from their farm lives, to work in factories as America industrialized.’
      • ‘No other country would industrialize to the same extent before the 1870s, giving Britain a near-monopoly on the production of manufactured goods.’
      • ‘Yet France industrialized slowly and unevenly, and the political and economic power of landed wealth persisted.’
      • ‘After World War II, Yugoslavia industrialized quickly but did not become urbanized.’
      • ‘It is simplistic to think that countries can industrialise by copying or reverse-engineering foreign technology.’
      • ‘As the country industrialized, home and workplace became distinct.’
      • ‘Israel industrialized rapidly, but at significant cost to the environment and public health.’
      • ‘There is no question that Russia industrialized rapidly in the three decades before 1914.’
      • ‘China and others are now industrialising at a furious rate, with cars replacing bikes, electricity produced from coal and the hills being stripped of trees.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the country industrialized relatively successfully to make it less dependent on world trade.’
      • ‘‘Old China was unable to industrialize because it did not have a strong enough government to defend the country and keep society in order,’ he says.’
      • ‘But the world's population will nearly double in 40 years, and hopefully the poor countries will industrialise.’
      • ‘Germany was the last major European state to industrialize, and the fastest.’
      • ‘The long post-war boom seemed to hold out the prospect of former colonies industrialising and catching up with their former masters.’
      • ‘It modernized and industrialized at a fantastic rate, and agricultural production doubled between 1945 and 1974.’
      • ‘The US was allowed to industrialize at a time when we didn't know these things would hurt the Earth, but we know now.’