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

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

Examples of internationalize in a Sentence

a business that has begun to internationalize
Recent Examples on the Web 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 At Bocom, China’s fifth-largest bank by assets, Peng’s efforts to internationalize went slowly. Washington Post, 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,, 6 Sep. 2019 One good that streaming can, and to an extent has, accomplished is to internationalize the TV audience. Julie Muncy, WIRED, 2 July 2019

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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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“Internationalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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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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