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

transitive verb

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

Examples of internationalize in a Sentence

a business that has begun to internationalize
Recent Examples on the Web Such a great organizer, intellect, shoulder-rubber and visionary — the first to internationalize the sport, creating a connection with Mexico. Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2024 The Hong Kong-Europe-Asian Film Collaboration Funding Scheme being launched this week in Berlin is intended as a major component of an exercise in rehabilitating and internationalizing the Hong Kong film industry. Patrick Frater, Variety, 17 Feb. 2024 Cognizant of this, in 2022 the country's government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi set about its mission to internationalize the Indian rupee. Gaurav Sharma, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Lotte Duty Free, which had already been internationalizing its business in Singapore and Australia during Covid, has now stepped up its focus—with Vietnam and Japan in its sights. Kevin Rozario, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 That investment has put Chinese clean technology companies in a place to internationalize. Justin Worland, TIME, 12 Jan. 2024 And although the Chinese government has promoted use of the RMB to settle trade transactions as part of an effort to internationalize its currency, oil and other major commodities are still priced in U.S. dollars. Henry M. Paulson Jr., Foreign Affairs, 19 May 2020 In 1916, the Sykes-Picot Agreement secretly negotiated between Britain and France planned to carve up the Middle East into spheres of influence, and determined that the land in question was to be internationalized. Bryan Pietsch, Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2023 After the surge in economic growth of the mid-nineteenth century, the world internationalized the gold standard to create a common framework for international payments. Harold James, Foreign Affairs, 20 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of internationalize was circa 1864

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Cite this Entry

“Internationalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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in·​ter·​na·​tion·​al·​ize -ˈnash-nəl-ˌīz How to pronounce internationalize (audio)
: to make international
internationalized the airport
internationalization noun

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