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Origin of acculturate

First recorded in 1930–35; back formation from acculturation
Related formsac·cul·tur·a·tive, adjectivenon·ac·cul·tu·rat·ed, adjectiveun·ac·cul·tur·at·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for acculturated

assimilate, cultivate, civilize

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British Dictionary definitions for acculturated


  1. (of a cultural or social group) to assimilate the cultural traits of another group
Derived Formsacculturation, noun

Word Origin for acculturate

C20: from ad- + culture + -ate 1
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Word Origin and History for acculturated



1934, back-formation from acculturation. Related: Acculturated; acculturating.

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