[ uh-mer-i-kuh-nahyz ]

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 United States.

Origin of Americanize

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800; American + -ize
  • Also especially British, A·mer·i·can·ise .

Other words from Americanize

  • A·mer·i·can·i·za·tion [uh-mer-i-kuh-nahy-zey-shuhn, -ni-zey-] /əˌmɛr ɪ kə naɪˈzeɪ ʃən, -nɪˈzeɪ-/ especially British, A·mer·i·can·i·sa·tion, noun
  • A·mer·i·can·iz·er; especially British, A·mer·i·can·is·er, noun
  • de-A·mer·i·can·ize; especially British, de-A·mer·i·can·ise, verb, de-A·mer·i·can·ized, de-A·mer·i·can·iz·ing or (especially British), de-A·mer·i·can·ised, de-A·mer·i·can·is·ing.
  • half-A·mer·i·can·ized; especially British, half-A·mer·i·can·ised, adjective
  • qua·si-A·mer·i·can·ized; especially British, qua·si-A·mer·i·can·ised, adjective

Words Nearby Americanize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Americanize in a sentence

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

    Eve to the Rescue | Ethel Hueston

British Dictionary definitions for Americanize



/ (əˈmɛrɪkəˌnaɪz) /

  1. to make or become American in outlook, attitudes, etc

Derived forms of Americanize

  • Americanization or Americanisation, noun
  • Americanizer or Americaniser, noun

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