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verb (used with object), Rus·sian·ized, Rus·sian·iz·ing.
  1. to make Russian; impart Russian characteristics to.
  2. to subordinate and force to adhere to Russian culture, ideology, etc.
  3. (sometimes lowercase) to treat (leather) by a process similar to that used on Russia leather or by any process that will produce such leather.
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Also especially British, Rus·sian·ise.

Origin of Russianize

First recorded in 1825–35; Russian + -ize
Related formsRus·sian·i·za·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for russianize

Historical Examples

  • The design, of course, is to completely Russianize the young Polish generation.

    The Catholic World, Vol. X, October 1869


British Dictionary definitions for russianize



  1. to make or become Russian in style, character, etc
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Derived FormsRussianization or Russianisation, noun
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