- to confer upon (an alien) the rights and privileges of a citizen.
- to introduce (organisms) into a region and cause them to flourish as if native.
- to introduce or adopt (foreign practices, words, etc.) into a country or into general use: to naturalize a French phrase.
- to bring into conformity with nature.
- to regard or explain as natural rather than supernatural: to naturalize miracles.
- to adapt or accustom to a place or to new surroundings.
- to become naturalized.
- to adapt as if native to a new environment, set of circumstances, etc.
- to study or carry on research in natural history.
Also especially British, nat·u·ral·ise.
Origin of naturalize
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Examples from the Web for naturalize
Seemingly there was an attempt to naturalize "all Greece and Rome."Early Theories of Translation
Flora Ross Amos
A bill to naturalize the Prince was, of course, indispensable.The Constitutional History of England From 1760 to 1860
Charles Duke Yonge
In like manner the attempt to naturalize avant-courier in the shape of vancurrier has failed.English Past and Present
Richard Chevenix Trench
The attempt to naturalize them in France, or any Continental nation, he regards as mischievous quackery.August Comte and Positivism
There are certain grasses that will naturalize themselves there—for instance, clover, blue-joint, and timothy.Through Glacier Park
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- (tr) to give citizenship to (a person of foreign birth)
- to be or cause to be adopted in another place, as a word, custom, etc
- (tr) to introduce (a plant or animal from another region) and cause it to adapt to local conditions
- (intr) (of a plant or animal) to adapt successfully to a foreign environment and spread there
- (tr) to explain (something unusual) with reference to nature, excluding the supernatural
- (tr) to make natural or more lifelike
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Word Origin and History for naturalize
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To establish a nonnative species in a region where it is able to reproduce successfully and live alongside native species in the wild. Naturalized species may be introduced intentionally or unintentionally. Eucalyptus trees are native to Australia but have become naturalized in many other parts of the world.
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