Africanize

verb

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

transitive verb

1
: to cause to acquire a distinctively African trait
2
: to bring under the influence, control, or cultural or civil supremacy of Africans and especially Black Africans
Africanization noun

Word History

Etymology

african entry 2 + -ize

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Africanize was in 1816

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Cite this Entry

“Africanize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Africanize. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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