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

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

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, 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, 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, 2 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of anglicize was in 1710

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Cite this Entry

“Anglicize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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an·​gli·​cize ˈaŋ-glə-sīz How to pronounce anglicize (audio)
anglicized; anglicizing
often capitalized
: to make English (as in habits, speech, or outlook)
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