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Americanize

[uh-mer-i-kuh-nahyz] /əˈmɛr ɪ kəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with or without object), Americanized, Americanizing.
1.
to make or become American in character; assimilate to the customs and institutions of the U.S.
Also, especially British, Americanise.
Origin of Americanize
1790-1800
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
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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

Americanize

/əˈmɛrɪkəˌnaɪz/
verb
1.
to make or become American in outlook, attitudes, etc
Derived Forms
Americanization, Americanisation, noun
Americanizer, Americaniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for americanization

Americanization

n.

1816, noun of state or action from Americanize.

Americanize

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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