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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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Examples from the Web for americanized
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  • You see I soon began to be americanized and to claim things.

  • His son was far more americanized than he could have desired.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • He told me to get americanized, to come out of the mud-pond and get into the rapids.

    The Silver Poppy Arthur Stringer
  • It seems almost a pity that she is americanized, don't you think, dear?

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
  • Even the terminology of science is simplified and americanized.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • He was a young Chinaman, very much americanized in appearance.

    The Bradys' Chinese Clew Francis Worcester Doughty
  • Hunter, the head, proved to be a first-rate type of an americanized Irishman.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for americanized


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 americanized



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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