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or (especially British) Anglicise

[ang-gluh-sahyz] /ˈæŋ gləˌsaɪz/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), Anglicized, Anglicizing.
(sometimes lowercase) to make or become English in form or character:
to Anglicize the pronunciation of a Russian name.
Origin of Anglicize
1700-10; < Medieval Latin Anglic(us) English + -ize
Related forms
Anglicization, noun
de-Anglicize, verb (used with object), de-Anglicized, de-Anglicizing.
half-Anglicized, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for Anglicize
Historical Examples
  • It was because the word could only be translated by a circumlocution that I ventured to Anglicize it.

  • They shun the Italian "quarter," mix with Americans, and Anglicize their names.

    The Old World in the New Edward Alsworth Ross
  • Whether it is advisable to Anglicize the spelling of certain French words, like timbre, in order to promote their assimilation.

    Society for Pure English, Tract 3 (1920) Society for Pure English
  • He had to Anglicize his name; for Two-Hawks would have made people laugh.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
  • It is much better to Anglicize the word into the English "Paraclete."

    The Spirit and the Word Zachary Taylor Sweeney
  • These were, indeed, tendencious, if I may Anglicize a very necessary word from the Spanish tendencioso.

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • Jimmy was commissioned to Anglicize a proper proposal and André spent hours in repeating the verbiage as taught.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
British Dictionary definitions for Anglicize


verb -cizes, -cizing, -cized, -cises, -cising, -cised, -fies, -fying, -fied
(sometimes capital) to make or become English in outlook, attitude, form, etc
Derived Forms
anglicization, anglicisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for Anglicize



1710, with -ize + Medieval Latin Anglicus "of the English," from Angli "the Angles" (see Angle). Related: Anglicized; anglicizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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