verb (used with object), con·ti·nen·tal·ized, con·ti·nen·tal·iz·ing.

to make continental, as in scope or character.
(sometimes initial capital letter) to influence with European ideas or culture.

Nearby words

  1. continental shelf,
  2. continental slope,
  3. continental system,
  4. continentalism,
  5. continentality,
  6. continently,
  7. continents,
  8. contingence,
  9. contingencies,
  10. contingency

Also especially British, con·ti·nen·tal·ise.

Origin of continentalize

First recorded in 1850–55; continental + -ize

Related formscon·ti·nen·tal·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019