The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mechanize \Mech"an*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mechanized; p.
pr. & vb. n. Mechanizing.] [Cf. F. m['e]chaniser.]
1. To cause to be mechanical. --Shelley.
2. To introduce machinery into (a process) in order to reduce
human effort or improve uniformity or quality of the
result; especially, To cause to be accomplished by a
mechanical means which requires little or no human
supervision; to automate.
3. Hence: (Mil.) To equip (an armed force) with tanks or