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[uh-mer-i-kuh-nahyz] /əˈmɛr ɪ kəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with or without object), Americanized, Americanizing.
to make or become American in character; assimilate to the customs and institutions of the U.S.
Also, especially British, Americanise.
Origin of Americanize
An Americanism dating back to 1790-1800; American + -ize
Related forms
Americanization, noun
Americanizer, noun
de-Americanization, noun
de-Americanize, verb, de-Americanized, de-Americanizing.
half-Americanized, adjective
quasi-Americanized, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The frontier is the line of most rapid and effective americanization.

    The Frontier in American History

    Frederick Jackson Turner
  • It is part of the process of americanization; an upheaval preceding the state of repose.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • None of the three had been named on the town's "Committee on americanization."

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • This study will follow such an understanding of americanization.

  • “I can not exactly count you americanization,” she said honestly.

    Eve to the Rescue

    Ethel Hueston
  • He said bruskly that the growth of americanization must come from Americans.

    Eve to the Rescue

    Ethel Hueston
  • If American women were all like you, there would be no need of americanization.

    Eve to the Rescue

    Ethel Hueston
  • This study has followed such an understanding of americanization.

    New Homes for Old Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge
  • From all sides come fugitives with news of the americanization of the towns.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
British Dictionary definitions for americanization


to make or become American in outlook, attitudes, etc
Derived Forms
Americanization, Americanisation, noun
Americanizer, Americaniser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for americanization



1816, noun of state or action from Americanize.



1797, from American + -ize. Related: Americanized; Americanizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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