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internationalize

[in-ter-nash-uh-nl-ahyz]
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verb (used with object), in·ter·na·tion·al·ized, in·ter·na·tion·al·iz·ing.
  1. to make international, as in scope or character: a local conflict that was internationalized into a major war.
  2. to place or bring under international control.
verb (used without object), in·ter·na·tion·al·ized, in·ter·na·tion·al·iz·ing.
  1. to become international: The automobile company must internationalize in order to meet the competition.
Also especially British, in·ter·na·tion·al·ise.

Origin of internationalize

First recorded in 1860–65; international + -ize
Related formsin·ter·na·tion·al·i·za·tion, nounde·in·ter·na·tion·al·ize, verb (used with object), de·in·ter·na·tion·al·ized, de·in·ter·na·tion·al·iz·ing.
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Examples from the Web for internationalization

Historical Examples

  • In no department of human activity is internationalization so complete as in finance.

    The Great Illusion

    Norman Angell

  • Another result was the internationalization of the railways and the port of Alexandria.

  • Such a suspicion would inevitably lead to a movement in favour of the internationalization of the curia and of the papacy.


British Dictionary definitions for internationalization

internationalize

internationalise

verb (tr)
  1. to make international
  2. to put under international control
Derived Formsinternationalization or internationalisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for internationalization

n.

1860, with reference to law; see international + -ization.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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