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verb (used with object), in·ter·na·tion·al·ized, in·ter·na·tion·al·iz·ing.
  1. to make international, as in scope or character: a local conflict that was internationalized into a major war.
  2. to place or bring under international control.
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verb (used without object), in·ter·na·tion·al·ized, in·ter·na·tion·al·iz·ing.
  1. to become international: The automobile company must internationalize in order to meet the competition.
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Also especially British, in·ter·na·tion·al·ise.

Origin of internationalize

First recorded in 1860–65; international + -ize
Related formsin·ter·na·tion·al·i·za·tion, nounde·in·ter·na·tion·al·ize, verb (used with object), de·in·ter·na·tion·al·ized, de·in·ter·na·tion·al·iz·ing.
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Historical Examples of internationalization

  • In no department of human activity is internationalization so complete as in finance.

    The Great Illusion

    Norman Angell

  • Another result was the internationalization of the railways and the port of Alexandria.

  • Such a suspicion would inevitably lead to a movement in favour of the internationalization of the curia and of the papacy.

British Dictionary definitions for internationalization



verb (tr)
  1. to make international
  2. to put under international control
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Derived Formsinternationalization or internationalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for internationalization


1860, with reference to law; see international + -ization.

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