[ ih-tal-yuh-nahyz ]
/ ɪˈtæl yəˌnaɪz /

verb (used without object), I·tal·ian·ized, I·tal·ian·iz·ing.

to become Italian in manner, character, etc.
to speak Italian.

verb (used with object), I·tal·ian·ized, I·tal·ian·iz·ing.

to make Italian, especially in manner, character, etc.
Also especially British, I·tal·ian·ise.

Origin of Italianize

First recorded in 1605–15; Italian + -ize

Related forms

I·tal·ian·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for italianize



/ (ɪˈtæljəˌnaɪz) /


to make or become Italian or like an Italian person or thing

Derived Forms

Italianization or Italianisation, noun
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