Definition of commodify in English:


Pronunciation /kəˈmädəˌfī/ /kəˈmɑdəˌfaɪ/

transitive verbcommodifies, commodifying, commodified

[with object]
  • Turn into or treat as a commodity.

    ‘some conservationists have criticized the approach as commodifying nature’
    • ‘He believes that the they are conspiring and commodifying art.’
    • ‘Any effort to aestheticize or commodify art is an attempt at censorship.’
    • ‘Her goal is also to create playful, original art that cannot be commodified.’
    • ‘But, as with most cool things from the margins of society, the mainstream ripped it off and commodified it, nearly wrecking the art form entirely in the process.’
    • ‘Art in this country is commodified and transformed into something for commercial consumption.’
    • ‘If we treat information as a proprietary good, we commodify information, and create ownership and control regimes.’
    • ‘Often local residents are interested in commodifying their own natural resources while out of town visitors - with the security of a regular pay check - want to preserve a pastoral landscape in its ‘pristine’ state.’
    • ‘She believes that it is nothing but a romanticised version of history, guilty of manipulating its audience and commodifying the people and culture of the locations they choose for their game.’
    • ‘On the one hand you could see it as a way of raising awareness of the illness, on the other it was crassly commodifying AIDS.’
    • ‘To commodify it, to privatise it, to put a dollar value on it… is just an abomination of the system we live in, where greed and money dominate over human need.’
    • ‘There are economic incentives to commodify your tragedy, and that she did it is not surprising.’
    • ‘‘It seems like an attempt to commodify people so they can be marketed too,’ he argues.’
    • ‘Of course, by giving their work a physical component and creating objects that can be sold, Net artists have found a way to commodify their work.’
    • ‘Part of the point I was making is that the new technologies commodify information and therefore tend to lock it up rather than disperse it.’
    • ‘The whole idea of this propaganda is to commercialise every relationship; and to commodify every person.’
    • ‘At the same time, the rise of blues festivals across the country has further commodified the blues as a feel-good music.’
    • ‘The idea that water can be commodified and sold for profit runs counter to the overall philosophy of the conference that water is necessary for life and is therefore sacred.’
    • ‘Even leisure and love are commodified and sold back to us.’
    • ‘There are a lot of cab companies where I live. Cab driving is a pretty commodified business.’
    • ‘Some groups have focused on organizing and commodifying the informal, undisciplined, semi-professional knowledges that circulate within academic communities.’


1970s from commodity+ -fy.



/kəˈmädəˌfī/ /kəˈmɑdəˌfaɪ/