ger·​man·​ize ˈjər-mə-ˌnīz How to pronounce germanize (audio)
germanized; germanizing
often capitalized

transitive verb

archaic : to translate into German
: to cause to acquire German characteristics

intransitive verb

: to have or acquire German customs or leanings
germanization noun often capitalized

Word History

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of germanize was in 1605

Dictionary Entries Near germanize

Cite this Entry

“Germanize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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