verb, often capitalized
an·​gli·​cize | \ ˈaŋ-glə-ˌsīz How to pronounce anglicize (audio) \
anglicized; anglicizing

Definition of anglicize

transitive verb

1 : to make English in quality or characteristics
2 : to adapt (a foreign word, name, or phrase) to English usage: such as
a : to alter to a characteristic English form, sound, or spelling
b : to convert (a name) to its English equivalent anglicize Juan as John

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Other Words from anglicize

anglicization \ ˌaŋ-​glə-​sə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce anglicization (audio) \ noun, often capitalized

Examples of anglicize in a Sentence

The cookbook anglicized many exotic dishes to make them easier to prepare.
Recent Examples on the Web Some of the people who found their way back to the United States anglicized their names. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "Citizens Facing Deportation Isn't New. Here's What Happened When the U.S. Removed Mexican-Americans in the 1930s," 2 Aug. 2019 His grandfather, Nissim Isaac Daoud bin Aziz, anglicized the family name to David and went into business as a date importer. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "Enemy Kitchen, a food truck and public art project, serves up hospitality in place of hostility," 5 Oct. 2017 Dorothy L. Sayers posited that the H stood for Hamish and that Mary Anglicized it into James and used it as a pet name. New York Times, "Letters to the Editor," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of anglicize

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Anglicize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of anglicize

: to make (something or someone) English or more English

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