Definition of ruggedize in US English:

ruggedize

(also ruggedise)

verb

US
  • with object To make rugged or robust; to produce in a version designed to withstand rough usage.

Origin

1940s; earliest use found in Proceedings of the Institute of Radio Engineers. From rugged + -ize.

Pronunciation

ruggedize

/ˈrʌɡɪdʌɪz/