Japanize

verb
Jap·​a·​nize | \ ˈja-pə-ˌnīz How to pronounce Japanize (audio) \
Japanized; Japanizing

Definition of Japanize

transitive verb

1 : to bring (something, such as an area or industry) under the influence of Japan
2 : to make Japanese

Other Words from Japanize

Japanization \ ˌja-​pə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce Japanize (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of Japanize

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Japanize

Time Traveler for Japanize

Time Traveler

The first known use of Japanize was in 1890

See more words from the same year

Statistics for Japanize

Cite this Entry

“Japanize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Japanize. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Comments on Japanize

What made you want to look up Japanize? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!