Definition of metropolitanize in English:

metropolitanize

(also metropolitanise)

Pronunciation /ˌmɛtrəˈpɒlɪtənʌɪz/ /ˌmɛtrəˈpɒlɪtnʌɪz/

verb

  • with object (Usually in pass.). To make metropolitan in character; to give (a person) the manners, outlook, etc., of a city dweller; to urbanize (a place).

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Philadelphia Press. From metropolitan + -ize.