American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make urban in nature or character.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To render urbane.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To render urban, or urbane; to refine; to polish.
- v. make more industrial or city-like
- v. impart urban habits, ways of life, or responsibilities upon
“From his attempt to "urbanize" the Republican Party to his "strategic" use of the uttered gaffe, he has personified a political party that is lost far, far out in the woods.”
“There is a social pressure on the government to continue to urbanize people, provide jobs and raise standards of living and wages.”
“It's a collective spirit we've somehow let slip through our fingers as we've continued to grow, to urbanize, and to compartmentalize our problems and their small solutions.”
“They still have to urbanize another 400 million people at least.”
“The state of public services in China's rural areas—health care in particular—has become a major concern as China continues to urbanize.”
“China's rate is half that, and India has not yet begun to urbanize in a serious way, with only 29% of its people in cities.”
“The country must urbanize if it has to develop economically, it cannot continue to live in villages.”
“Women also received better schooling, and as Mexico continued to urbanize and industrialize they entered the workforce in much higher numbers.”
“If China continues to urbanize, it will likely see low fertility rates whether there is a One Child Policy or not.”
“At a time when many Western economies are stagnant and many construction projects have been delayed or scaled back for lack of financing, China is on a major push to urbanize - building new office towers, apartment blocks, exhibition halls, stadiums, high-speed train stations and nearly 100 new airports.”
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