indigenize

verb
in·​dig·​e·​nize | \ in-ˈdi-jə-ˌnīz How to pronounce indigenize (audio) \
indigenized; indigenizing

Definition of indigenize

transitive verb

: to cause to have indigenous characteristics or personnel the former colony began to indigenize its businesses

Other Words from indigenize

indigenization \ in-​ˌdi-​jə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce indigenize (audio) , -​ˌnī-​ˈzā-​ \ noun

Examples of indigenize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One who had tried to be a sangoma, traveled all over the continent, tried so passionately to indigenize himself. Hedley Twidle, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of indigenize

1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Indigenize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indigenize. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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