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Definition of "mechanize" [mech•an•ize]

  • To equip with machinery: mechanize a factory. (verb-transitive)
  • To equip (a military unit) with motor vehicles, such as tanks and trucks. (verb-transitive)
  • To make automatic or unspontaneous; render routine or monotonous. (verb-transitive)
  • To produce by or as if by machines. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mechanize" in a sentence
  • "Whether in the long run we should go onto mechanize is a question on which I do not wish to dogmatize, but I am certain that the improvement of agriculture in Asia should start with the extension of modern science to agriculture, rather than with mechanization."
  • "Unfortunately, Python's "mechanize" library is not as well developed as I would like to see it."
  • "The notorious fact-checkers of The New Yorker are irritating not only because they often prove how fallible are our memories, but because they seem to mechanize what ought to be a natural, unmediated, fast-moving process."