Af·​ri·​can·​ize ˈa-fri-kə-ˌnīz How to pronounce Africanize (audio)
 also  ˈä-
Africanized; Africanizing

transitive verb

: to cause to acquire a distinctively African trait
: to bring under the influence, control, or cultural or civil supremacy of Africans and especially Black Africans
Africanization noun

Examples of Africanize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nevertheless, a pivotal step in its rise occurred at Keur Moussa, whose founders’ quest to Africanize their liturgy revolutionized the instrument. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 29 Aug. 2022

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Word History


african entry 2 + -ize

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Africanize was in 1816

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“Africanize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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