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

Definition of internationalize

transitive verb

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

Other Words from internationalize

internationalization \ ˌin-​tər-​ˌna-​sh(ə-​)nə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce internationalize (audio) \ noun

Examples of internationalize in a Sentence

a business that has begun to internationalize
Recent Examples on the Web Since Russia invaded the country, social media has helped Ukrainians internationalize their plight. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 4 Apr. 2022 Particularly, when firms try to internationalize this is a tricky issue to consider. Christian Stadler, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Yet Palestinians have sought to internationalize their plight precisely because they are stuck between a dead Oslo process and a vision for a one-state solution directly at odds with many Israelis’ idea of a Jewish state. David Mednicoff, The Conversation, 6 Aug. 2021 The idea is to more closely tie China’s financial system with the global market, in part by using Shenzhen as a launch pad for plans to internationalize the yuan. Mary Hui, Quartz, 13 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 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, 23 Feb. 2020 The toll of internationalizing the cigarette will be unthinkable. Scott W. Stern, The New Republic, 25 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of internationalize

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

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23 Aug 2022

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“Internationalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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