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indigenize

[in-dij-uh-nahyz]
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verb (used with object), in·dig·e·nized, in·dig·e·niz·ing.
  1. to make indigenous.
  2. to increase local participation in or ownership of: to indigenize foreign-owned companies.
  3. to adapt (beliefs, customs, etc.) to local ways.
Also especially British, in·dig·e·nise.

Origin of indigenize

First recorded in 1950–55; indigen(ous) + -ize
Related formsin·dig·e·ni·za·tion, noun
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