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Americanize

[uh-mer-i-kuh-nahyz] /əˈmɛr ɪ kəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), Americanized, Americanizing.
1.
to make or become American in character; assimilate to the customs and institutions of the U.S.
Also, especially British, Americanise.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800, Americanism; American + -ize
Related forms
Americanization, noun
Americanizer, noun
de-Americanization, noun
de-Americanize, verb, de-Americanized, de-Americanizing.
half-Americanized, adjective
quasi-Americanized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for americanization

Americanize

/əˈmɛrɪkəˌnaɪz/
verb
1.
to make or become American in outlook, attitudes, etc
Derived Forms
Americanization, Americanisation, noun
Americanizer, Americaniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for americanization

Americanization

n.

1816, noun of state or action from Americanize.

Americanize

v.

1797, from American + -ize. Related: Americanized; Americanizing.

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Encyclopedia Article for americanization

Americanization

in the early 20th century, activities that were designed to prepare foreign-born residents of the United States for full participation in citizenship. It aimed not only at the achievement of naturalization but also at an understanding of and commitment to principles of American life and work

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