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English definition of “urbanize”

urbanize

verb [T] (UK also urbanise)     /ˈɜːbənaɪz/ PROPERTY, ENVIRONMENT
to build on land in the countryside so that the area becomes part of a town or city : Two million rural residents will move into newly urbanized areas just outside the city . Japan is a highly urbanized country .
urbanization (UK also urbanisation) noun [U]
(Definition of urbanize verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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