ac·​cul·​tur·​ate ə-ˈkəl-chə-ˌrāt How to pronounce acculturate (audio)
acculturated; acculturating

transitive verb

: to change through acculturation

Examples of acculturate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crews were prefabricated communities, able to accommodate the constant turnover of individuals and to acculturate new recruits on the job. James Belich, Fortune, 22 Jan. 2023 Ethnoburb immigrants are generally nonwhite, have minimal desire to acculturate into whiteness, and some of them are already educated and affluent. Bianca Mabute-Louie, ELLE, 9 Feb. 2023 Inspired and/or appalled by the experiences of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, Barnes imagines a dialogue in which a Black duchess helps acculturate a Black duchess-to-be to her new position. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2020 Women are acculturated to have a lot of those skills to begin with. National Geographic, 17 June 2019 Sadness, resentment and burnout aren’t going to be shamed or ridiculed away by the part of you acculturated to scoff at such pain. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, 12 Apr. 2019 Given enough time, Mr. Trump might also be acculturated into the virtues of keeping quiet or directing attention elsewhere. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2019 We’ve been acculturated to be uncomfortable with being silent while in the presence of another and, when confronted with silence, will fish for something to say. Greta Moran, The Cut, 29 Mar. 2018 Since 2010, the major studios and networks allowed Netflix, and more recently Amazon (amzn, +1.04%) Video, to acculturate viewers with a different television experience. Amanda Lotz, Fortune, 11 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History


back-formation from acculturation

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acculturate was in 1907

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“Acculturate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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