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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.
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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
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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
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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.

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

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