• WordNet 3.6
    • v urbanize make more industrial or city-like "The area was urbanized after many people moved in"
    • v urbanize impart urban habits, ways of life, or responsibilities upon "Birds are being urbanized by people in outdoor cafes feeding them"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1924, Pope Urban VIII threatened to excommunicate snuff users.
    • v. t Urbanize To render urban, or urbane; to refine; to polish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The US President's Cabinet is composed of: the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Interior, the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Health/Human Services, the Secretary of Housing/Urban Development, the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Secretary of Education.
    • urbanize To render urbane.
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  • Marshall Mcluhan
    “The car has become the carapace, the protective and aggressive shell, of urban and suburban man.”


In literature:

All her abrupt decision was negated in his profound, ironical urbanity.
"The Patrician" by John Galsworthy
He became once more the weak-looking, ineffectual man that had first greeted La Boulaye: urbane and quiet, but cold-cold as ice.
"The Trampling of the Lilies" by Rafael Sabatini
He was determined not to lose his temper and looked urbane and pleasant, whilst his impudent enemy was enjoying a joke at his expense.
"The Elusive Pimpernel" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
He feared Urban no longer, for he also felt certain that Croton would kill him.
"Quo Vadis" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
A more urbanely shifty pair than these latter were never seen.
"The Titan" by Theodore Dreiser
BURGOYNE (becoming additionally, polished, lofty, sarcastic and urbane now that he is in public).
"The Devil's Disciple" by George Bernard Shaw
Fanferlot was distinguished among his confreres for his exquisite suavity and unequalled urbanity.
"File No. 113" by Emile Gaboriau
The selling at auction of the old dwelling of Pope Urban VII is almost as tragical!
"Cosmopolis, Complete" by Paul Bourget
Donovan took leave of them urbanely.
"A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce
In accordance with the fashion which Caligula and Nero had set, Domitian's earliest manners were those of an urbane and gentle prince.
"Imperial Purple" by Edgar Saltus

In poetry:

That Crusher looked, and said,
With unimpaired urbanity,
"SIR HERBERT, you've a head
That teems with inhumanity.
"Phrenology" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"We won't pretend, my lad, as how
We're glad to lose our REECE;
Urbane, polite, he suited quite
"The Martinet" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Boccaccio was a novelist, a child
Of fancy and of fiction at the best!
This the urbane librarian said, and smiled
Incredulous, as at some idle jest.
"Monte Cassino. Terra Di Lavoro. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fourth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Yes! urban is your Muse, and owns
An empire based on London stones;
Yet flow'rs, as mountain violets sweet,
Spring from the pavement 'neath her feet.
"To Austin Dobson" by William Watson
Than, in this hamlet of the plain,
A less sublime repose to gain,
Where Nature, genial and urbane,
To man defers,
Yielding to us the right to reign,
Which yet is hers.
"In Laleham Churchyard" by William Watson
Be courteous! is nothing helpful half so cheap
As kind urbanity that doth so much of gladness bring;
More precious too than all the treasures of the deep,
Making the winter of discomfort seem like joyous spring.
"Be Courteous" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Second Porch's Brent Hieggelke joins Urban Airship as CMO.
Brent Hieggelke, who sold his Portland social networking startup Second Porch last May, has joined mobile software specialist Urban Airship as its chief marketing officer.
In 2008, Carrion backed out of a run for New York City comptroller to jump to Washington as urban policy czar in the Obama administration.
Planning commissioners set October work session to review urban code options for Pearl District.
It will certainly become one for those who value the power of SciFi movies to crystallize moments of urban sensibility.
Margaret Buckner Young, educator, author, civic and corporate leader, and widow of civil rights leader and National Urban League Executive Director, Whitney M Young Jr, died in her home in Denver, Colorado on December 5th, 2009.
Outdoor civilized cinema at swank, urban locale.
Underground, Urban February 14, 2012.
Tim Tebow and coach Urban Meyer stood together in one corner of the Louisiana Superdome, sang the school fight song and then offered a final gesture.
Urban Studies Closing Up Shop.
If you want a trendy piece but don't want to have to venture into an indoor mall, visit the teen-style store Urban Angels at Tempe Marketplace.
Urban Outfitters, a clothing and accessories retailer that caters to young men and women, opened a three-level store this week at the corner of 72nd Street and Broadway.
New 'The Voice' mentor Keith Urban and his wife Nicole Kidman are rallying around a cause that has become a local movement in New South Wales, Australia.
Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman Take Stand Against Coal Mining.
Probably traveled 100 miles into 'highly congested urban area'.

In science:

However, in recent space syntax investigations devoted to the comparative classification of urban textures, the predefined categories have been avoided and groups have been interpreted as a result of the analysis [4, 5].
Comparative Study of Cities as Complex Networks
In the present paper, we propose the new automatic classification method based on the structural statistics of so called justified graphs used in urban space syntax theory .
Comparative Study of Cities as Complex Networks
If cities were perfect grids in which all lines have the same length and number of junctions, they would be described by regular graphs exhibiting a high level of similarity no matter which part of urban texture is examined.
Comparative Study of Cities as Complex Networks
Although, the urban grid minimizes descriptions as long as possible in the ideal grid all routes are equally probable; morphology of the perfect grid does not differentiate main spaces and movement tend to be dispersed everywhere .
Comparative Study of Cities as Complex Networks
To supplement the study of urban canal networks, we have investigated that one in the city of Amsterdam.
Comparative Study of Cities as Complex Networks