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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
1790-1800, Americanism; 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. 2016.
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  • Hunter, the head, proved to be a first-rate type of an americanized Irishman.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • You see I soon began to be americanized and to claim things.

  • But the absurdity of his imagination, so thoroughly americanized, evoked a ringing laughter.

    The Princess Elopes Harold MacGrath
  • He told me to get americanized, to come out of the mud-pond and get into the rapids.

    The Silver Poppy Arthur Stringer
  • And all this time Edward Bok's failure to be entirely americanized was brought home to his consciousness.

  • It seems almost a pity that she is americanized, don't you think, dear?

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
  • He furnishes excellent raw material for American citizenship, if he does not come too rapidly to be americanized.

    Aliens or Americans? Howard B. Grose
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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