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Hellenize

[hel-uh-nahyz]
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verb (used with object), Hel·len·ized, Hel·len·iz·ing.
  1. to make Greek in character.
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verb (used without object), Hel·len·ized, Hel·len·iz·ing.
  1. to adopt Greek ideas or customs.
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Also especially British, Hel·len·ise.

Origin of Hellenize

First recorded in 1605–15, Hellenize is from the Greek word Hellēnízein to imitate the Greeks, speak Greek. See Hellene, -ize
Related formsHel·len·i·za·tion, nounHel·len·iz·er, nounde-Hel·len·ize, verb, de-Hel·len·ized, de-Hel·len·iz·ing.
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Hellenize

Hellenise

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  1. to make or become like the ancient Greeks
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Derived FormsHellenization or Hellenisation, nounHellenizer or Helleniser, noun
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