acculturate

[ uh-kuhl-chuh-reyt ]
/ əˈkʌl tʃəˌreɪt /

verb (used with or without object), ac·cul·tur·at·ed, ac·cul·tur·at·ing.

to alter by acculturation, through sharing and learning the cultural traits or social patterns of another group: The families in my neighborhood are pretty acculturated, but they still celebrate holidays like their grandparents used to in Cuba. Older computer users are hesitant to acculturate to social media communities.

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Origin of acculturate

First recorded in 1930–35; back formation from acculturation

OTHER WORDS FROM acculturate

ac·cul·tur·a·tive, adjectivenon·ac·cul·tu·rat·ed, adjectiveun·ac·cul·tur·at·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for acculturate

acculturate
/ (əˈkʌltʃəˌreɪt) /

verb

(of a cultural or social group) to assimilate the cultural traits of another group

Derived forms of acculturate

acculturation, noun

Word Origin for acculturate

C20: from ad- + culture + -ate 1
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