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verb (used with or without object), Ger·man·ized, Ger·man·iz·ing.
  1. to make or become German in character, sentiment, etc.
  2. Archaic. to translate into German.
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Also especially British, Ger·man·ise.

Origin of Germanize

First recorded in 1590–1600; German + -ize
Related formsGer·man·i·za·tion, nounGer·man·iz·er, nounan·ti-Ger·man·i·za·tion, adjective, nounde-Ger·man·ize, verb, de-Ger·man·ized, de-Ger·man·iz·ing.
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Historical Examples

  • Austria is confronted with one task only and that task is to Germanize all its Slavs.

    Bohemia under Hapsburg Misrule


  • Thinking over all this, I said why not Germanize this thing?


    Fanny Fern

  • The Germans, in their effort to affect certain charming English customs and Germanize them, in the process lose the charm.

    L. P. M.

    J. Stewart Barney

  • The Magyars, on the other hand, cried out that this was part of an attempt to Germanize Transylvania.

  • Extirpate, Germanize, that is and has been the favorite policy of the government for decades, said Masaryk.

British Dictionary definitions for germanize



  1. to adopt or cause to adopt German customs, speech, institutions, etc
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Derived FormsGermanization or Germanisation, nounGermanizer or Germaniser, noun
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