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naturalize

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verb nat·u·ral·ize \ˈna-chə-rə-ˌlīz, ˈnach-rə-\

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

nat·u·ral·izednat·u·ral·iz·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to confer the rights of a national on; especially :  to admit to citizenship

  3. 2 :  to introduce into common use or into the vernacular

  4. 3 :  to bring into conformity with nature

  5. 4 :  to cause (as a plant) to become established as if native

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to become established as if native

nat·u·ral·i·za·tion play \ˌna-chə-rə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌnach-rə-\ noun

Examples of naturalize

  1. The government refused to naturalize them without documentation.

  2. naturalized citizens of the U.S.

  3. Several Asian fish have become naturalized in these lakes.

  4. Before you naturalize bulbs in your lawn, fertilize well.

  5. These daisies naturalize well in the Pacific Northwest.



1559

First Known Use of naturalize

1559



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