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nat•u•ral•ize /ˈnætʃərəˌlaɪz, ˈnætʃrə-/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object], -ized, -iz•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
nat•u•ral•i•za•tion /ˌnætʃərəlɪˈzeɪʃən/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]
- Governmentto make (someone) a citizen:He was naturalized after having lived in that country for ten years.
(nach′ər ə līz′, nach′rə-),USA pronunciation v., -ized, -iz•ing. v.t.
- Governmentto confer upon (an alien) the rights and privileges of a citizen.
- to introduce (organisms) into a region and cause them to flourish as if native.
- to introduce or adopt (foreign practices, words, etc.) into a country or into general use:to naturalize a French phrase.
- to bring into conformity with nature.
- to regard or explain as natural rather than supernatural:to naturalize miracles.
- to adapt or accustom to a place or to new surroundings.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] nat′u•ral•ise′.
- Governmentto become naturalized.
- to adapt as if native to a new environment, set of circumstances, etc.
- to study or carry on research in natural history.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
naturalize, naturalise /ˈnætʃrəˌlaɪz -tʃərə-/ vb
ˌnaturaliˈzation, ˌnaturaliˈsation n
- (transitive) to give citizenship to (a person of foreign birth)
- to be or cause to be adopted in another place, as a word, custom, etc
- (transitive) to introduce (a plant or animal from another region) and cause it to adapt to local conditions
- (intransitive) (of a plant or animal) to adapt successfully to a foreign environment and spread there
- (transitive) to make natural or more lifelike
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