verb (used with object), So·vi·et·ized, So·vi·et·iz·ing.

(sometimes lowercase) to bring under the influence or domination of the Soviet Union.
(often lowercase) to impose or institute a system of government similar to that of the Soviet Union.

Also especially British, So·vi·et·ise.

Origin of Sovietize

First recorded in 1915–20; soviet + -ize
Related formsSo·vi·et·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sovietize



verb (tr; often capital)

to bring (a country, person, etc) under Soviet control or influence
to cause (a country) to conform to the Soviet model in its social, political, and economic structure
Derived Formssovietization or sovietisation, noun
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