westernize

[ wes-ter-nahyz ]
/ ˈwɛs tərˌnaɪz /

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

to influence with ideas, customs, practices, etc., characteristic of Europe and North America.

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Also especially British, west·ern·ise .

Origin of westernize

First recorded in 1830–40; western + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM westernize

west·ern·i·za·tion; especially British, west·ern·i·sa·tion [wes-ter-nahy-zey-shuhn], /ˌwɛs tər naɪˈzeɪ ʃən/, nounun·west·ern·ized; especially British, un·west·ern·ised, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for westernize

westernize

westernise

/ (ˈwɛstəˌnaɪz) /

verb

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

Derived forms of westernize

westernization or westernisation, noun
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