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verb (used with or without object), An·gli·cized, An·gli·ciz·ing.
  1. (sometimes lowercase) to make or become English in form or character: to Anglicize the pronunciation of a Russian name.
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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
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Historical Examples of anglicize

  • They shun the Italian "quarter," mix with Americans, and Anglicize their names.

    The Old World in the New

    Edward Alsworth Ross

  • It was because the word could only be translated by a circumlocution that I ventured to Anglicize it.

  • He had to Anglicize his name; for Two-Hawks would have made people laugh.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy

    Harold MacGrath

  • It is much better to Anglicize the word into the English "Paraclete."

    The Spirit and the Word

    Zachary Taylor Sweeney

  • Whether it is advisable to Anglicize the spelling of certain French words, like timbre, in order to promote their assimilation.

British Dictionary definitions for anglicize


anglicise anglify (ˈæŋɡlɪˌfaɪ)

verb -cizes, -cizing, -cized, -cises, -cising, -cised, -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (sometimes capital) to make or become English in outlook, attitude, form, etc
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Derived Formsanglicization or anglicisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for anglicize


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

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