[ lat-n-ahyz ]
/ ˈlæt nˌaɪz /
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verb (used with object), Lat·in·ized, Lat·in·iz·ing.

to cause to conform to the customs, traditions, beliefs, etc., of the Latins or the Latin Church.
to intermix with Latin elements.
to translate into Latin.
to make Latin American in character: The influx of Cuban immigrants has Latinized Miami.

verb (used without object), Lat·in·ized, Lat·in·iz·ing.

to use words and phrases from Latin: He Latinizes in his poetry.



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Also especially British, Lat·in·ise .

Origin of Latinize

First recorded in 1580–90; <Late Latin latīnīzāre “to translate into Latin”; see Latin, -ize
Lat·in·i·za·tion, nounde-Lat·in·i·za·tion, nounhalf-Lat·in·ized, adjectiveun-Lat·in·ized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Latinize



/ (ˈlætɪˌnaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to translate into Latin or Latinisms
to transliterate into the Latin alphabet
to cause to acquire Latin style or customs
to bring Roman Catholic influence to bear upon (the form of religious ceremonies, etc)
Latinization or Latinisation, nounLatinizer or Latiniser, noun
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