- to confer upon (an alien) the rights and privileges of a citizen.
- to introduce (organisms) into a region and cause them to flourish as if native.
- to introduce or adopt (foreign practices, words, etc.) into a country or into general use: to naturalize a French phrase.
- to bring into conformity with nature.
- to regard or explain as natural rather than supernatural: to naturalize miracles.
- to adapt or accustom to a place or to new surroundings.
- to become naturalized.
- to adapt as if native to a new environment, set of circumstances, etc.
- to study or carry on research in natural history.
Origin of naturalize
Examples from the Web for naturalization
“Naturalization is not allowed in the same way,” today she said, as it was back then.Mother Cabrini, Saint of the Green Card
November 11, 2014
In February I was fingerprinted for a criminal-background check, and last week went in for my naturalization interview.Immigration Laws Have It All Backward
May 8, 2014
The right-wing Yisrael Beitenu party has submitted a bill that would require such an oath for naturalization; it hasn't passed.It's How Badly She Said It
February 12, 2013
According to Ministry of Interior spokeswoman Sabine Hadad, 701 families filed for naturalization under the 2010 criteria.Israel's Forgotten Deportees
July 3, 2012
Yet no state is sovereign over matters like immigration and naturalization, which the Constitution entrusts to Congress.What the Supreme Court’s Arizona Ruling Means for Immigration and Health Care
June 25, 2012
They were anxious to make their naturalization complete, and it soon became so.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
But the trick was finally discovered and the naturalization cancelled.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
Then there is the foreign-born American, who is such by naturalization.'America for Americans!'
John Philip Newman
Denial of the right of naturalization to Jews on the ground that they are not assimilable.The Jew and American Ideals
The proverb "In Rome do as the Romans do" is a basic principle of naturalization.Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
- (tr) to give citizenship to (a person of foreign birth)
- to be or cause to be adopted in another place, as a word, custom, etc
- (tr) to introduce (a plant or animal from another region) and cause it to adapt to local conditions
- (intr) (of a plant or animal) to adapt successfully to a foreign environment and spread there
- (tr) to explain (something unusual) with reference to nature, excluding the supernatural
- (tr) to make natural or more lifelike
Word Origin and History for naturalization
1570s, from Middle French naturalisation, from naturaliser (see naturalize).
- To establish a nonnative species in a region where it is able to reproduce successfully and live alongside native species in the wild. Naturalized species may be introduced intentionally or unintentionally. Eucalyptus trees are native to Australia but have become naturalized in many other parts of the world.
The process by which a foreign citizen becomes a citizen of a new country. Millions of immigrants to the United States have become American citizens. Requirements for naturalization in the United States include residency for several years, ability to communicate in English, demonstrated knowledge of American history and government, and a dedication to American values that includes no membership in subversive organizations, such as the Communist party.