verb (used with or without object), A·mer·i·can·ized, A·mer·i·can·iz·ing.
  1. to make or become American in character; assimilate to the customs and institutions of the U.S.
Also especially British, A·mer·i·can·ise.

Origin of Americanize

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800; American + -ize
Related formsA·mer·i·can·i·za·tion, nounA·mer·i·can·iz·er, nounde-A·mer·i·can·i·za·tion, nounde-A·mer·i·can·ize, verb, de·-A·mer·i·can·ized, de·-A·mer·i·can·iz·ing.half-A·mer·i·can·ized, adjectivequa·si-A·mer·i·can·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for americanization

Contemporary Examples of americanization

Historical Examples of americanization

  • The frontier is the line of most rapid and effective Americanization.

    The Frontier in American History

    Frederick Jackson Turner

  • It is part of the process of Americanization; an upheaval preceding the state of repose.

  • None of the three had been named on the town's "Committee on Americanization."


    Charles Goff Thomson

  • This study will follow such an understanding of Americanization.

  • “I can not exactly count you Americanization,” she said honestly.

    Eve to the Rescue

    Ethel Hueston

British Dictionary definitions for americanization



  1. to make or become American in outlook, attitudes, etc
Derived FormsAmericanization or Americanisation, nounAmericanizer or Americaniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for americanization



1816, noun of state or action from Americanize.



1797, from American + -ize. Related: Americanized; Americanizing.

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