naturalize

verb
nat·​u·​ral·​ize | \ ˈna-chə-rə-ˌlīz How to pronounce naturalize (audio) , ˈnach-rə- \
naturalized; naturalizing

Definition of naturalize

transitive verb

1 : to confer the rights of a national on especially : to admit to citizenship
2 : to introduce into common use or into the vernacular
3 : to bring into conformity with nature
4 : to cause (something, such as a plant) to become established as if native

intransitive verb

: to become established as if native

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Examples of naturalize in a Sentence

The government refused to naturalize them without documentation. naturalized citizens of the U.S. Several Asian fish have become naturalized in these lakes. Before you naturalize bulbs in your lawn, fertilize well. These daisies naturalize well in the Pacific Northwest.
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Recent Examples on the Web But the longer-term backdrop to this death toll resides in the way that the social harming of Black bodies are naturalized as ordinary pathogens that take 15, 20, or even 25 years off of Black lives as compared to white ones. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, The New Republic, "The Unmattering of Black Lives," 21 May 2020 From that day, Wong became Andrews’ mentor, helping him fight to enter Hong Kong’s education systems, become a licensed social worker and eventually naturalize as a Chinese national with a Hong Kong passport. Los Angeles Times, "As China pushes in, Hong Kong’s first ethnic minority social worker wants a future for everyone," 23 Aug. 2019 Removing the concrete and naturalizing the river has allowed fish to travel an additional 17 miles north to the dam at Menomonee Falls as well as into an additional 20 miles of tributaries, according to restoration plan data. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Steelhead fishing in Wauwatosa? Restoration projects on the Menomonee are showing their value.," 18 Apr. 2020 In August 1939, now naturalized as an American citizen, Salka was in Europe again—this time laying the groundwork for a biopic about Marie Curie. Ruth Franklin, Harper's magazine, "Salka the Salonnière," 6 Jan. 2020 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Born and raised in Afghanistan, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani moved to New York for a PhD in anthropology at Columbia University and was eventually naturalized as a U.S. citizen. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Politicians around the world sometimes face an awkward problem: Their U.S. citizenship," 5 Oct. 2019 To naturalize it, therefore, in Europe, would be an immense service to mankind. Scientific American, "France Bets on Yaks," 15 Apr. 2020 Eleven of South Korea’s naturalized Olympians in 2018 are on its men’s (seven) and women’s (four) hockey teams. JerÉ Longman And Chang W. Lee, New York Times, "South Korea Got the Winter Games. Then It Needed More Olympians.," 9 Feb. 2018 Timothy Meaher had pressured the African men, who had been naturalized in 1868, to vote Democrat, the pro-slavery party. National Geographic, "https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2020/02/clotilda-americas-last-slave-ship-stole-them-from-home-it-couldnt-steal-their-identities-feature.html," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of naturalize

1559, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of naturalize was in 1559

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30 May 2020

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“Naturalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/naturalize. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for naturalize

naturalize

verb
How to pronounce naturalize (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of naturalize

: to allow (someone who was born in a different country) to become a new citizen
: to cause (a plant or animal from another place) to begin to grow and live in a new area

naturalize

verb
nat·​u·​ral·​ize | \ ˈna-chə-rə-ˌlīz How to pronounce naturalize (audio) , ˈnach-rə- \
naturalized; naturalizing

Kids Definition of naturalize

1 : to become or allow to become a citizen
2 : to become or cause to become established as if native naturalize a plant

naturalize

transitive verb
nat·​u·​ral·​ize | \ ˈna-chə-rə-ˌlīz How to pronounce naturalize (audio) \
naturalized; naturalizing

Legal Definition of naturalize

: to admit (a person) to citizenship

Other Words from naturalize

naturalization \ ˌna-​chə-​rə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce naturalization (audio) \ noun

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