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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British Dictionary definitions for westernize




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