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[wes-ter-nahyz] /ˈwɛs tərˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), westernized, westernizing.
to influence with ideas, customs, practices, etc., characteristic of the Occident or of the western U.S.
Also, especially British, westernise.
Origin of westernize
First recorded in 1830-40; western + -ize
Related forms
westernization, noun
unwesternized, adjective Unabridged
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  • Of course it is in externals that westernization is most pronounced.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • The good and the evil of westernization are alike mostly clearly evident among the ranks of the educated élites.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • Once in control of an Oriental country, the European rulers were bound to favour its westernization for a variety of reasons.

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  • westernization hurts too many cherished prejudices and vested interests not to arouse chronic resistance.

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  • China remembered the processes of westernization which she had had to answer with the Boxer Uprising in 1900.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • And there can be no doubt that such westernization was thereby greatly furthered.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • And it is precisely this gambler's interest which westernization has more or less destroyed.

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British Dictionary definitions for westernization


(transitive) to influence or make familiar with the customs, practices, etc, of the West
Derived Forms
westernization, westernisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for westernization

1873, noun of action from westernize (see west). Earliest reference is to Japan.

[The mikado's] late rapid and radical progress in westernization (to evolve a word that the Japanese will need) justifies great expectations of him. [Coates Kinney, "Japanning the English Language," "The Galaxy," July-Dec. 1873]

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