- to treat as or make into a mere commodity to be bought and sold or to be used in selling something else: an automobile ad campaign that commodifies the American dream
transitive verbcom·mod·i·fied, com·mod·i·fy·ing, com·mod·i·fies
To turn into or treat as a commodity; make commercial: “Such music &ellipsis; commodifies the worst sorts of &ellipsis; stereotypes” (Michiko Kakutani).
Origin of commodifycommodi(ty) + –fy.
(third-person singular simple present commodifies, present participle commodifying, simple past and past participle commodified)
- To make something into a commodity, sometimes at the expense of its intrinsic value.
commodity + -ify