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[ang-gluh-sahyz] /ˈæŋ gləˌsaɪz/
verb (used with or without object), Anglicized, Anglicizing.
(sometimes lowercase) to make or become English in form or character:
to Anglicize the pronunciation of a Russian name.
Also, especially British, Anglicise.
Origin of Anglicize
1700-10; < Medieval Latin Anglic(us) English + -ize
Related forms
Anglicization, noun
de-Anglicize, verb (used with object), de-Anglicized, de-Anglicizing.
half-Anglicized, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If democratization be synonymous with anglicization, Ireland begs to be excused.

    The Sacred Egoism of Sinn Fein Gnathai Gan Iarraidh
  • The revolt against this sterilizing and belittling side of anglicization is strong and healthy.

    The Framework of Home Rule Erskine Childers
  • But these are almost all small places or forts, and their names represent no policy of anglicization.

    Ancient Town-Planning F. Haverfield
  • The studious years spent in the reading room of the British Museum complete the anglicization of Marx.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • And from this initial inferiority she never recovered—five milestones behind on the road of anglicization!

    Ghetto Comedies

    Israel Zangwill
British Dictionary definitions for anglicization


verb -cizes, -cizing, -cized, -cises, -cising, -cised, -fies, -fying, -fied
(sometimes capital) to make or become English in outlook, attitude, form, etc
Derived Forms
anglicization, anglicisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for anglicization

1836, noun of action from anglicize; earlier in same sense was anglification (1822), from anglify (1751).



1710, with -ize + Medieval Latin Anglicus "of the English," from Angli "the Angles" (see Angle). Related: Anglicized; anglicizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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