Etymology
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urbanize (v.)

1640s, "to make more civil;" 1884 "to make into a city," from urban + -ize; in the latter sense from French urbaniser (1873). Related: Urbanized; urbanizing.

updated on May 24, 2012

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Definitions of urbanize from WordNet

urbanize (v.)
make more industrial or city-like;
The area was urbanized after many people moved in
Synonyms: urbanise
urbanize (v.)
impart urban habits, ways of life, or responsibilities upon;
Birds are being urbanized by people in outdoor cafes feeding them
Synonyms: urbanise
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