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 americanized

Contemporary Examples of americanized

Historical Examples of americanized

  • You see I soon began to be Americanized and to claim things.

  • His son was far more Americanized than he could have desired.

    Fairy Fingers

    Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie

  • He told me to get Americanized, to come out of the mud-pond and get into the rapids.

    The Silver Poppy

    Arthur Stringer

  • It seems almost a pity that she is Americanized, don't you think, dear?

  • Even the terminology of science is simplified and Americanized.

    The American Language

    Henry L. Mencken

British Dictionary definitions for americanized




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 americanized



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

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