Simple Definition of naturalize
: to allow (someone who was born in a different country) to become a new citizen
: to cause (a plant or animal from another place) to begin to grow and live in a new area
Full Definition of naturalize
1 : to confer the rights of a national on; especially : to admit to citizenship
2 : to introduce into common use or into the vernacular
3 : to bring into conformity with nature
4 : to cause (as a plant) to become established as if native
: to become established as if native
Examples of naturalize in a sentence
The government refused to naturalize them without documentation.
naturalized citizens of the U.S.
Several Asian fish have become naturalized in these lakes.
Before you naturalize bulbs in your lawn, fertilize well.
These daisies naturalize well in the Pacific Northwest.
First Known Use of naturalize
NATURALIZE Defined for Kids
Definition of naturalize for Students
1 : to become or allow to become a citizen
2 : to become or cause to become established as if native <naturalize a plant>
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