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.
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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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