revolutionize rev‧o‧lu‧tion‧ize [ˌrevəˈluːʆənaɪz] also revolutionise verb [transitive]
to completely change the way people think about something or the way something is done:

• Swatch revolutionized the market for watches with its inexpensive watches aimed at the youth market.

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revolutionize UK US (UK also revolutionise) /ˌrevəlˈuːʃənaɪz/ verb [T]
to make a big change or improvement to the way something works or looks, or to the way that people do a particular activity: »

Credit scores revolutionized the borrowing process by allowing lenders to make faster, more objective decisions about a person's ability to repay.


Electronic cash systems have revolutionized the way that people around the world pay for goods and services.

revolutionize an industry/business/workplace »

The company has invested $200 million, in a move aimed at revolutionizing the electric car industry.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Revolutionize — Rev o*lu tion*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Revolutioniezed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Revolutionizing}.] To change completely, as by a revolution; as, to revolutionize a government. Ames. [1913 Webster] The gospel . . . has revolutionized his soul. J. M.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • revolutionize — index change, disobey, overthrow, rebel, reform, transform Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • revolutionize — (v.) 1797, to undergo a (political) revolution; see REVOLUTION (Cf. revolution) + IZE (Cf. ize). General sense of to change a thing completely and fundamentally is first recorded 1799. Related: Revolutionized; revolutionizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • revolutionize — (Amer.) ,rev·o lu·tion·ize || ‚revÉ™ luːʃnaɪz v. cause a revolution, overthrow an established government; cause a major change (also revolutionise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • revolutionize — (also revolutionise) ► VERB ▪ change radically or fundamentally …   English terms dictionary

  • revolutionize — [rev΄ə lo͞o′shə nīz΄] vt. revolutionized, revolutionizing 1. to make a complete and basic change in; alter drastically or radically [automation has revolutionized industry] 2. Rare to bring about a political revolution in …   English World dictionary

  • revolutionize — UK [ˌrevəˈluːʃəˌnaɪz] / US [ˌrevəˈluʃ(ə)nˌaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms revolutionize : present tense I/you/we/they revolutionize he/she/it revolutionizes present participle revolutionizing past tense revolutionized past participle… …   English dictionary

  • revolutionize — verb ( ized; izing) Date: 1797 transitive verb 1. to overthrow the established government of 2. to imbue with revolutionary doctrines 3. to change fundamentally or completely < revolutionize an industry > intransitive verb to engage in revolution …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • revolutionize — revolutionizer, n. /rev euh looh sheuh nuyz /, v.t., revolutionized, revolutionizing. 1. to bring about a revolution in; effect a radical change in: to revolutionize petroleum refining methods. 2. to subject to a political revolution. Also, esp.… …   Universalium

  • revolutionize — verb Revolutionize is used with these nouns as the object: ↑industry, ↑world …   Collocations dictionary

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