in·​ter·​na·​tion·​al·​ize | \ˌin-tər-ˈnash-nə-ˌlīz, -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

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internationalization \ ˌin-​tər-​ˌnash-​nə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən , -​ˌna-​shə-​nə-​lə-​ \ noun

Examples of internationalize in a Sentence

a business that has begun to internationalize

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This series was part of Major League Baseball’s push to internationalize the sport. New York Times, "4 Dodgers Pitchers Combine for a No-Hitter Against the Padres," 5 May 2018 This series was part of Major League Baseball’s push to internationalize the sport. Washington Post, "Buehler, Dodgers’ bullpen combine to no-hit Padres in Mexico," 5 May 2018 Los Angeles accomplished the feat before a crowd of 21,536 at Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey, chosen as part of Major League Baseball's push to internationalize the sport. Carlos Rodriguez, Houston Chronicle, "Walker Buehler, Dodgers' bullpen combine to no-hit Padres in Mexico," 5 May 2018 Beijing’s push to internationalize the yuan is motivated by more than vanity. Brook Larmer, New York Times, "Beijing Bids Goodbye to Robert Mugabe," 19 Dec. 2017 In recent years, Chinese universities have worked to internationalize their course offerings and attract more foreign students. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "U.S. Colleges Slip in Global Rankings," 5 Sep. 2017 Zhou is best known for his program to internationalize the renminbi. Alan Murray, Fortune, "The Most Important Economic Challenge of Today — CEO Daily, Tuesday, 10th October," 10 Oct. 2017 His response, to internationalize his conflict with Israel and to capitalize on his diplomatic relationships abroad, boosted his standing at home and pushed peace further away. Adam Rubenstein, WSJ, "Mahmoud Abbas: Negotiator Turned Autocrat," 1 Aug. 2017 The difficulty is that globalization is not a recent phenomenon; nation-states have always had to reckon with the internationalizing tendencies of capitalism, technological change, and advanced communications. Kevin Passmore, Slate Magazine, "How the contemporary far right won legitimacy under the guise of liberal-democratic ideals.," 13 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of internationalize

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of internationalize was circa 1864

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English Language Learners Definition of internationalize

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

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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