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[wes-ter-nahyz] /ˈwɛs tərˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), westernized, westernizing.
to influence with ideas, customs, practices, etc., characteristic of the Occident or of the western U.S.
Also, especially British, westernise.
Origin of westernize
1830-40; western + -ize
Related forms
westernization, noun
unwesternized, adjective Unabridged
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  • The goal of the west is to use industrialization as a mechanism for westernization.
British Dictionary definitions for westernization


(transitive) to influence or make familiar with the customs, practices, etc, of the West
Derived Forms
westernization, westernisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for westernization

1873, noun of action from westernize (see west). Earliest reference is to Japan.

[The mikado's] late rapid and radical progress in westernization (to evolve a word that the Japanese will need) justifies great expectations of him. [Coates Kinney, "Japanning the English Language," "The Galaxy," July-Dec. 1873]

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