verb (used with or without object), A·mer·i·can·ized, A·mer·i·can·iz·ing.

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for americanize

Historical Examples of americanize

  • This Chautauqua movement is only an attempt to Americanize university extension.

    The Arena


  • Patriotic duty could not Americanize Angelo nor Marie, nor anybody else.

    Eve to the Rescue

    Ethel Hueston

  • Will we Christianize, which is the only real way to Americanize, the Aliens?

    Aliens or Americans?

    Howard B. Grose

  • Shall we trust that American institutions and American ideas, that the press and schools, will ultimately Americanize them?

  • But there are other powerful reasons to support our view that race intermixture is not the only way to Americanize the Japanese.

British Dictionary definitions for americanize




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 americanize



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper