Americanize

verb
Amer·​i·​can·​ize | \ ə-ˈmer-ə-kə-ˌnīz How to pronounce Americanize (audio) , -ˈmər-, -ˈme-rə- \
Americanized; Americanizing

Definition of Americanize

transitive verb

1 : to cause to acquire or conform to American characteristics
2 : to bring (something, such as an area) under the political, cultural, or commercial influence of the U.S.

intransitive verb

: to acquire or conform to American traits

Examples of Americanize in a Sentence

The editors of the book decided to Americanize the spelling.

First Known Use of Americanize

1686, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Americanize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Americanize. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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Americanize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of Americanize

: to make (something or someone) American : to cause (something or someone) to have American characteristics

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