[ ang-gluh-sahyz ]

verb (used with or without object),An·gli·cized, An·gli·ciz·ing.
  1. (sometimes lowercase) to make or become English in form or character: to Anglicize the pronunciation of a Russian name.

Origin of Anglicize

1700–10; <Medieval Latin Anglic(us) English + -ize
  • Also especially British, An·gli·cise .

Other words from Anglicize

  • An·gli·ci·za·tion, noun
  • de-An·gli·cize, verb (used with object), de-An·gli·cized, de-An·gli·ciz·ing.
  • half-An·gli·cized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Anglicize in a sentence

  • The document, written in flawless English, is signed Andrew Barwick, an anglicized version of his name.

    Britain’s Right-Wing Hate | William Underhill | July 25, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • This man bore the name of Kopernik, or in its familiar Anglicized form, Copernicus.

  • The Channel Islands are doubtless destined in the end to be wholly anglicized, but the process is one of imperceptible transition.

    The Channel Islands | Joseph Morris
  • The undrilled French student will be speaking and writing not English as we understand the term, but anglicized French.

  • Use a foreign word if it has no English equivalent, not otherwise unless it has become Anglicized.

    Etiquette | Emily Post
  • This is the anglicized form of Metzelsuppe; metzeln means to kill and cut to pieces—especially for sausage meat.

    Home Life in Colonial Days | Alice Morse Earle

British Dictionary definitions for anglicize


anglicise anglify (ˈæŋɡlɪˌfaɪ)

/ (ˈæŋɡlɪˌsaɪz) /

verb-cizes, -cizing, -cized, -cises, -cising, -cised, -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (sometimes capital) to make or become English in outlook, attitude, form, etc

Derived forms of anglicize

  • anglicization or anglicisation, noun

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