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

Definition of acculturate

transitive verb

: to change through acculturation

Examples of acculturate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "11 Things Our Critics Are Looking Forward to in 2021," 31 Dec. 2020 Women are acculturated to have a lot of those skills to begin with. National Geographic, "Here’s why women may be the best suited for spaceflight," 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, "Feeling sad and resentful after move to a different country," 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, "Politicians Never Lied Before Trump," 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, "The Intimacy of Socializing in Silence," 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, "Why Disney’s New Streaming Service Won’t Hurt Netflix," 11 Aug. 2017 But the disclosure added to worries over acculturating hundreds of thousands of people from conservative Muslim societies — many of them young men — who have little experience with open European mores, particularly regarding women. Alison Smale, New York Times, "Reports of Attacks on Women in Germany Heighten Tension Over Migrants JAN. 5, 2016," 8 Jan. 2016 They’re being acculturated to accept prison conditions. Associated Press, WIRED, "NYC Parents: Lift School Cell Ban," 6 May 2006

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First Known Use of acculturate

1907, in the meaning defined above

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back-formation from acculturation

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“Acculturate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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