transitive verb

: to make continental in scope, character, culture, or ideas
continentalize American literature as a protest against local colorCarl Van Doren
sometimes capitalized : to affect with the ways or ideas of European culture
the gradual continentalizing of American habits of recreationNation

Word History


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

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“Continentalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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