verb (used with object), Ro·man·ized, Ro·man·iz·ing.
  1. to make Roman Catholic.
  2. (often lowercase) to make Roman in character.
  3. (often lowercase) to render in the Latin alphabet, especially a language traditionally written in a different system, as Chinese or Japanese.
verb (used without object), Ro·man·ized, Ro·man·iz·ing.
  1. to conform to Roman Catholic doctrine and practices; to become Roman Catholic.
  2. (often lowercase) to follow Roman practices.
Also especially British, Ro·man·ise.

Origin of Romanize

First recorded in 1600–10; Roman + -ize
Related formsRo·man·i·za·tion, nounRo·man·iz·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. (tr) to impart a Roman Catholic character to (a ceremony, practice, etc)
  2. (intr) to be converted to Roman Catholicism
  3. (tr) to transcribe or transliterate (a language) into the Roman alphabet
  4. to make Roman in character, allegiance, style, etc
Derived FormsRomanization or Romanisation, noun
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