verb (used with object), Af·ri·can·ized, Af·ri·can·iz·ing.
  1. to replace the European or white staff of (an organization in Africa) with black Africans.
  2. to bring under African, especially black African influence or to adapt to African needs.
Also especially British, Af·ri·can·ise.

Origin of Africanize

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; African + -ize
Related formsAf·ri·can·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for africanize



  1. (tr) to make African, esp to give control of (policy, government, etc) to Africans
Derived FormsAfricanization or Africanisation, noun
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