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urbanize Syllabification: ur·ban·ize
Pronunciation: /ˈərbəˌnīz/

Definition of urbanize in English:


Make or become urban in character: [with object]: once an agrarian society, the island has recently been urbanized (as adjective urbanized) urbanized areas
More example sentences
  • Finland is a recently urbanised society - Finland used to be predominantly rural until the late 1940s when it became more industrial.
  • Japan has been characterized as an affluent and highly mobile and urbanized society, which also appears to be safe and secure.
  • He did not initially have that much support among the tribal, recently urbanized populations of the middle to lower Euphrates, such as Kut and Amara.



Pronunciation: /ˌərbənəˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • The government's first response to its failure to contain urbanization was to tighten influx control in the 1960s.
  • Scotland, Wales, the interior of Ireland, and the Isle of Man had yet to experience significant urbanization.
  • Without this background the impact of increasing urbanisation upon the environmental status of the tidal areas would not be possible.

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