verb (used with object), west·ern·ized, west·ern·iz·ing.
  1. 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

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

    Freedom's Battle

    Mahatma Gandhi

  • Christianity is an Oriental religion no doubt, but it has been Westernised.

    The Foundations of Japan

    J.W. Robertson Scott

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

    Far to Seek

    Maud Diver

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


    Dorothy Menpes

  • On the other hand, the Westernised Chinaman does not acquire the peculiar virtues of the Englishman.

    Changing China

    William Gascoyne-Cecil

British Dictionary definitions for westernised



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