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

Definition of continentalize 

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

2 sometimes capitalized : to affect with the ways or ideas of European culture the gradual continentalizing of American habits of recreationNation

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History and Etymology for continentalize

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

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