in·​ter·​na·​tion·​al·​ize | \ ˌin-tər-ˈnash-nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce internationalize (audio) , -ˈna-shə-nə-ˌlīz \
internationalized; internationalizing; internationalizes

Definition of internationalize

transitive verb

: to make international also : to place under international control a proposal to internationalize the city

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from internationalize

internationalization \ ˌin-​tər-​ˌnash-​nə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce internationalization (audio) , -​ˌna-​shə-​nə-​lə-​ \ noun

Examples of internationalize in a Sentence

a business that has begun to internationalize
Recent Examples on the Web His music fused African rhythms with jazz, soul, funk, rumba, disco and hip hop, and internationalized the music of Africa while inspiring many other major artists during a career that lasted more than six decades. CBS News, "Lives to remember: People we lost to coronavirus," 4 Apr. 2020 For all the heated discussion about internationalizing China’s currency, a real role for the yuan in global finance remains a pipe dream. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Trump’s Most Powerful Weapon in the U.S.-China Trade Fight," 27 June 2019 While Pakistan is eager to accept the president's entree into the matter to internationalize negotiations, India has rebuffed the offer and wants to keep Kashmir as a bilateral issue. Jordyn Phelps, ABC News, "5 things to know about President Trump's trip to India," 23 Feb. 2020 The toll of internationalizing the cigarette will be unthinkable. Scott W. Stern, The New Republic, "How War Made the Cigarette," 25 Sep. 2019 At Bocom, China’s fifth-largest bank by assets, Peng’s efforts to internationalize went slowly. Washington Post, "China’s $1 Trillion Sovereign Wealth Fund Has Gone Quiet," 19 Sep. 2019 Japan adopted the first name before surname order for use in English about 150 years ago as a way to modernize and internationalize itself by imitating the Western style, according to the Agency for Cultural Affairs. Mari Yamaguchi,, "Japan to put surname first for Japanese names in English," 6 Sep. 2019 One good that streaming can, and to an extent has, accomplished is to internationalize the TV audience. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Neon Genesis Evangelion Is Remarkably Relevant in 2019," 2 July 2019 The sharing of the Rousseau technology marks the most brazen attempt to date to internationalize Europe’s populist movements. Lori Hinnant, The Seattle Times, "Tech could unite Europe’s populists ahead of EU vote in May," 19 Feb. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'internationalize.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of internationalize

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about internationalize

Time Traveler for internationalize

Time Traveler

The first known use of internationalize was circa 1864

See more words from the same year

Statistics for internationalize

Cite this Entry

“Internationalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for internationalize


How to pronounce internationalize (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of internationalize

: to place (something) under international control : to make (something) involve or affect two or more countries

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on internationalize

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with internationalize

Spanish Central: Translation of internationalize

Nglish: Translation of internationalize for Spanish Speakers

Comments on internationalize

What made you want to look up internationalize? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

July 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • papercraft sunset
  • Which is a synonym of mien?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!