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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of naturalize

naturalized

naturalizing

  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

naturalization

play \ˌna-chə-rə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌnach-rə-\ noun

Examples of naturalize in a sentence

  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


NATURALIZE Defined for Kids

naturalize

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

Definition of naturalize for Students

naturalized

naturalizing

  1. 1 :  to become or allow to become a citizen

  2. 2 :  to become or cause to become established as if native <naturalize a plant>




Law Dictionary

naturalize

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

Legal Definition of naturalize

naturalized

naturalizing

  1. :  to admit (a person) to citizenship

naturalization

\ˌna-chə-rə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ play noun




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