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verb (used without object), I·tal·ian·ized, I·tal·ian·iz·ing.
  1. to become Italian in manner, character, etc.
  2. to speak Italian.
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verb (used with object), I·tal·ian·ized, I·tal·ian·iz·ing.
  1. to make Italian, especially in manner, character, etc.
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Also especially British, I·tal·ian·ise.

Origin of Italianize

First recorded in 1605–15; Italian + -ize
Related formsI·tal·ian·i·za·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for italianize

Historical Examples of italianize

  • Thus it will be seen that efforts were required to Italianize these places.

    The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2

    Henry Baerlein

British Dictionary definitions for italianize



  1. to make or become Italian or like an Italian person or thing
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Derived FormsItalianization or Italianisation, noun
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