verb (used with or without object), An·gli·cized, An·gli·ciz·ing.

(sometimes lowercase) to make or become English in form or character: to Anglicize the pronunciation of a Russian name.

Also especially British, An·gli·cise.

Origin of Anglicize

1700–10; < Medieval Latin Anglic(us) English + -ize
Related formsAn·gli·ci·za·tion, nounde-An·gli·cize, verb (used with object), de-An·gli·cized, de-An·gli·ciz·ing.half-An·gli·cized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anglicization

Historical Examples of anglicization

  • If democratization be synonymous with anglicization, Ireland begs to be excused.

    The Sacred Egoism of Sinn Fein

    Gnathai Gan Iarraidh

  • The revolt against this sterilizing and belittling side of anglicization is strong and healthy.

  • But these are almost all small places or forts, and their names represent no policy of Anglicization.

  • The studious years spent in the reading room of the British Museum complete the anglicization of Marx.


    John Spargo

  • And from this initial inferiority she never recovered—five milestones behind on the road of Anglicization!

    Ghetto Comedies

    Israel Zangwill

British Dictionary definitions for anglicization


anglicise anglify (ˈæŋɡlɪˌfaɪ)

verb -cizes, -cizing, -cized, -cises, -cising, -cised, -fies, -fying or -fied

(sometimes capital) to make or become English in outlook, attitude, form, etc
Derived Formsanglicization or anglicisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for anglicization

1836, noun of action from anglicize; earlier in same sense was anglification (1822), from anglify (1751).



1710, with -ize + Medieval Latin Anglicus "of the English," from Angli "the Angles" (see Angle). Related: Anglicized; anglicizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper