transitive verb con·ti·nen·tal·ize \ˌkäntənˈentəlˌīz, -təˈne-, -təˌlīz\

Definition of continentalize


  1. 1 :  to make continental in scope, character, culture, or ideas continentalize American literature as a protest against local color — Carl Van Doren

  2. 2 sometimes capitalized :  to affect with the ways or ideas of European culture the gradual continentalizing of American habits of recreation — Nation

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Origin and Etymology of continentalize

probably from French continentaliser, from continental (from English) + -iser -ize

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