World English Dictionary
naturalize or naturalise (ˈnætʃrəˌlaɪz, -tʃərə-, ˈnætʃrəˌlaɪz, -tʃərə-)
1.  (tr) to give citizenship to (a person of foreign birth)
2.  to be or cause to be adopted in another place, as a word, custom, etc
3.  (tr) to introduce (a plant or animal from another region) and cause it to adapt to local conditions
4.  (intr) (of a plant or animal) to adapt successfully to a foreign environment and spread there
5.  (tr) to explain (something unusual) with reference to nature, excluding the supernatural
6.  (tr) to make natural or more lifelike
naturalise or naturalise
naturali'zation or naturalise
naturali'sation or naturalise

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1. the quality of being brought into conformity with nature [syn: naturalization
2. the proceeding whereby a foreigner is granted citizenship [syn: naturalization
3. the introduction of animals or plants to places where they flourish but are not indigenous [syn: naturalization
4. changing the pronunciation of a borrowed word to agree with the borrowers' phonology; "the naturalization in English of many Italian words" [syn: naturalization
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