Meaning of “urbanize” in the English Dictionary

"urbanize" in British English

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urbanizeverb [ T ]

UK usually urbanise uk /ˈɜː.bən.aɪz/ us /ˈɝː.bən.aɪz/

(Definition of “urbanize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"urbanize" in Business English

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urbanizeverb [ T ]

UK also urbanise uk /ˈɜːbənaɪz/ us 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
noun [ U ] UK also urbanisation

Increasing urbanization is accelerating the economic development of the area.

(Definition of “urbanize” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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