Definition of communize in English:



  • Cause (a country, people, or economic activity) to be organized on the principles of communism.

    • ‘His attempts to communize the growing and distribution of grain, as history grimly tells us, resulted in the starvation of millions of people.’
    • ‘Whatever else happens, we must not stick to the ideas of communizing the South or absorbing the North.’
    • ‘As long as the country is dreaming of communizing the entire peninsula, sanctions of any kind would not work well.’
    • ‘In the immediate postwar period, under Tito's leadership, Yugoslavia became the most communized country of Eastern Europe.’
    • ‘The Soviet Union communized the region after World War II, and it has adopted liberal democracy in the last decade, at least in principle.’


Late 19th century: from Latin communis (see common) + -ize.