Definition of mechanize in US English:

mechanize

(British mechanise)

verb

[with object]
  • 1Introduce machines or automatic devices into (a process, activity, or place)

    ‘the farm was mechanized in the 1950s’
    • ‘It would be wrong to imagine that even the textile industry was fully mechanized and urbanized by 1850.’
    • ‘The mining process is more mechanized than that at most Brazilian gem mines.’
    • ‘Thanks to information technology, wine analysis is today much more sophisticated than could have been imagined even a decade ago, and there have even been attempts to mechanize the process of tasting.’
    • ‘Consequently, few photographs represented industrial environments or mechanized agriculture.’
    • ‘Perhaps more damaging, mechanizing the drug discovery process may not have left enough room for hunches and serendipity.’
    • ‘The process may be increasingly mechanized, but women workers are still needed at every step of the way.’
    • ‘But these farms have trouble competing with larger, highly mechanized farms for the beef market.’
    • ‘North Korea particularly needed oil and spare parts for its industry and largely mechanised forms of agriculture.’
    • ‘Farming is becoming a largely mechanised industry.’
    • ‘The fact is that American agriculture was supposed to industrialize and mechanize its crop-gathering and harvesting 35 years ago.’
    • ‘According to a source, much of the huge factory building fronting on to the racecourse is currently empty, with heavily mechanised production taking place on just one floor.’
    • ‘This process, which mechanizes a system long ago completed only by hand, creates the cooking and stretching attributes associated with mozzarella cheese.’
    • ‘Agriculture is highly mechanized, and most farms are cooperatively run on state-owned land.’
    • ‘If farmers were not impelled to specialise their production in a few global commodities, the trend towards ever larger and more highly mechanised farms would abate.’
    • ‘He was a weaver, whose job function was mechanized, so he led a movement in 19th century England to destroy the looms.’
    • ‘Since smaller farms are more labour-intensive than larger, highly mechanised farms, they are less productive in this narrow sense.’
    • ‘They've used their American education and know how to mechanize the sweets business and take it national, distributing in 40 states.’
    • ‘Soya plantations are highly mechanised and depend on the use of a staggering quantity of agrochemicals.’
    • ‘The South African asbestos trade responded to the post-war boom by initiating and extending underground workings, and by centralizing and mechanizing the refining process.’
    • ‘Though fish processing is mostly mechanized, small fish must be dressed by hand and that causes a bottleneck, costing the industry more than $11 million a year.’
    automate, industrialize, motorize, computerize, technologize, equip with machines, tool
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    1. 1.1 Equip (a military force) with modern weapons and vehicles.
      ‘the units comprised tanks and mechanized infantry’
      • ‘The authors fail to understand the difference between the role of the military police and mechanized infantry forces.’
      • ‘Together, MSC's eight fast sealift ships can carry almost all of the equipment to outfit an Army mechanized infantry division.’
      • ‘Iraq's regular army consists of three armored, three mechanized, and 11 infantry divisions, but most of these units are at less than full strength.’
      • ‘In subsequent operations, tank, mechanized, and motorized rifle brigades were used as forward elements.’
      • ‘Transportation of soldiers is another way mechanized forces can help light units.’
      • ‘An influential subset of armoured warfare, rather than a distinct doctrine in its own right, it combined the use of tanks, mechanized infantry, and air power, often with special forces.’
      • ‘Is there anyone who believes the march to Baghdad would have been successful without armored and mechanized forces fighting as combined arms teams?’
      • ‘Each maneuver troop would have four platoons: two tank and two mechanized infantry.’
      • ‘As an interim measure, we could attach an active or reserve component mechanized battalion task force to each division.’
      • ‘The regiment can be augmented with tank, mechanized, and engineer battalions without any expansion of organizational overhead.’
      • ‘However, some key additions are essential to ensure that armored and mechanized task forces are ready to fight in the unique environment that awaits them.’
      • ‘The armor and mechanized forces will carry the war to Iraq, and artillery fire support will be needed for both wars.’
      • ‘The call was made to lead with tanks and mechanized infantry, thus allowing the main firepower to be at the front.’
      • ‘A mixed heavy-light mechanized force would frustrate enemy plans to defend against a single type of force.’
      • ‘The Army is transitioning from a mechanized to an armored warfare force.’
      • ‘Scout platoons are a recon and security element of a maneuver battalion (infantry, mechanized, tank, or cavalry).’
      • ‘Priority for use goes to armor, mechanized infantry, and cavalry units.’
      • ‘Armor platoon members can relate to logistics problems when attached to an infantry or mechanized task force not familiar with supporting armor units.’
      • ‘As urban areas loom large as potential battlefields, Army armored and mechanized forces face a real challenge.’
      • ‘Instead, armored and mechanized task forces operate in or near population centers, compounding the difficulty of their assigned tasks.’
    2. 1.2 Give a mechanical character to.
      ‘public virtue cannot be mechanized or formulated’
      • ‘His colleagues at the Pentagon asked him to take on the job of mechanizing the planning process.’

Pronunciation

mechanize

/ˈmekəˌnīz//ˈmɛkəˌnaɪz/