[ uh-kuhl-chuh-reyt ]
See synonyms for: acculturateacculturated on

verb (used with or without object),ac·cul·tur·at·ed, ac·cul·tur·at·ing.
  1. 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.

Origin of acculturate

First recorded in 1930–35; back formation from acculturation

Other words from acculturate

  • ac·cul·tur·a·tive, adjective
  • non·ac·cul·tu·rat·ed, adjective
  • un·ac·cul·tur·at·ed, adjective

Words Nearby acculturate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for acculturate


/ (əˈkʌltʃəˌreɪt) /

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

Origin of acculturate

C20: from ad- + culture + -ate 1

Derived forms of acculturate

  • acculturation, noun

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