commodify

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commodity +‎ -ify

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commodify (third-person singular simple present commodifies, present participle commodifying, simple past and past participle commodified)

  1. To make something into a commodity, sometimes at the expense of its intrinsic value.
    • 2009 January 17, John R. MacArthur, “Hope as a commodity”, in Toronto Star[1]:
      [] it's only in America that a lovely feeling such as hope can be commodified so expertly, so cynically.

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Sometimes used interchangeably with commoditize, sometimes distinguished to have a sense of “non-commercial good becoming commercial”; see commoditize#Usage notes.

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