verb (used with object), ur·ban·ized, ur·ban·iz·ing.

  1. to make or cause to become urban, as a locality.

verb (tr)

  1. (usually passive)
    1. to make (esp a predominantly rural area or country) more industrialized and urban
    2. to cause the migration of an increasing proportion of (rural dwellers) into cities

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.

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