verb (used with object), west·ern·ized, west·ern·iz·ing.

to influence with ideas, customs, practices, etc., characteristic of the Occident or of the western U.S.

Also especially British, west·ern·ise.

Origin of westernize

First recorded in 1830–40; western + -ize
Related formswest·ern·i·za·tion, nounun·west·ern·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for westernised

Historical Examples of westernised

  • Like his father, he hated politics; and Westernised India is nothing if not political.

    Far to Seek

    Maud Diver

  • We have thus succeeded in isolating ourselves from the masses: we have been westernised.

    Freedom's Battle

    Mahatma Gandhi

  • Japan is not being Westernised in the smallest degree: she is merely picking our brains.


    Dorothy Menpes

  • So Westernised Japan has overcome her ancient rival and teacher, and Korea is humbled to the very dust.

    Changing China

    William Gascoyne-Cecil

British Dictionary definitions for westernised




(tr) to influence or make familiar with the customs, practices, etc, of the West
Derived Formswesternization or westernisation, noun
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