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nat•u•ral•ize /ˈnætʃərəˌlaɪz, ˈnætʃrə-/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -ized, -iz•ing. 
  1. Governmentto make (someone) a citizen:He was naturalized after having lived in that country for ten years.
nat•u•ral•i•za•tion /ˌnætʃərəlɪˈzeɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
nat•u•ral•ize  (nachər ə līz′, nachrə-),USA pronunciation v.,  -ized, -iz•ing. 
  1. Governmentto confer upon (an alien) the rights and privileges of a citizen.
  2. to introduce (organisms) into a region and cause them to flourish as if native.
  3. to introduce or adopt (foreign practices, words, etc.) into a country or into general use:to naturalize a French phrase.
  4. to bring into conformity with nature.
  5. to regard or explain as natural rather than supernatural:to naturalize miracles.
  6. to adapt or accustom to a place or to new surroundings.

  1. Governmentto become naturalized.
  2. to adapt as if native to a new environment, set of circumstances, etc.
  3. to study or carry on research in natural history.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] natu•ral•ise′.  nat′u•ral•i•zation, n. 
natu•ral•iz′er, n. 
  • natural + -ize 1585–95

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

naturalize, naturalise /ˈnætʃrəˌlaɪz -tʃərə-/ vb
  1. (transitive) 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. (transitive) to introduce (a plant or animal from another region) and cause it to adapt to local conditions
  4. (intransitive) (of a plant or animal) to adapt successfully to a foreign environment and spread there
  5. (transitive) to make natural or more lifelike

ˌnaturaliˈzation, ˌnaturaliˈsation n

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