I am seeking a verb that essentially means ‘Bring to the reach of everybody’. For example:

Travel was for the wealthy but the introduction of the package holiday xxxx travel.

Xxx is a word, like ‘democratised’, but it’s not democratised and I can’t think what it is! Any thoughts?

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    Popularised isn’t far off, but the more common meaning of popular (‘liked by many’ as opposed to ‘characterised by/available to the general public’) probably makes it too ambiguous here. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Feb 18 '19 at 15:41
  • I see what you mean. Thank you. That is really not far off. I'm seeking the word that makes something available to the working classes. – Sam Lloyd Feb 18 '19 at 15:47
  • 'Polo was once the sport of the very rich but cheap polo ponies has xxxxx’ the sport – Sam Lloyd Feb 18 '19 at 15:48
  • 'de-classed' (NB sorry - every time I type a new line I start a new comment!!) – Sam Lloyd Feb 18 '19 at 15:49
  • you almost want something to express how it made it accessible to all eg introduction of the package holiday made travel accessible to all – Smock Feb 18 '19 at 16:02

In this context, the package holiday "revolutionized" travel.



I found it remarkably difficult to come up with a verb that has this kind of specific meaning.

There is no verb form of the adjective available, which would be ideal.

However, in thinking of something that is at first available to only a few, but then becomes something routine or common, one verb is commonize:


: to make (something) common, standard, or universal

// Because the book is considered to be so highbrow I wanted to “commonize” it a little bit. I didn't want to fall into the trap of being inaccessible.
— Kari Skogland, quoted in The Calgary (Alberta) Herald, 23 May 2008

// We have to reuse and commonize what has worked and what has been well received by the customers.
— Birgit Behrendt, quoted in Automotive News Europe, 13 June 2005

Ironically, it's not a common verb, but your sentence would become:

Travel was for the wealthy but the introduction of the package holiday commonized travel.

Other less satisfactory verbs I had originally considered included disinhibited, unleashed, derestricted, liberated, unbound, unchained, freed, and unfettered.

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