naturalize

verb
nat·​u·​ral·​ize | \ ˈna-chə-rə-ˌlīz, 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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Other Words from naturalize

naturalization \ ˌna-​chə-​rə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən , ˌnach-​rə-​ \ noun

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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New Citizens Honored Special honors were shown the new American citizens, naturalized in San Diego this year, at the ceremonies in the exposition grounds that followed the parade. sandiegouniontribune.com, "July 4, 1917: San Diego Honors New Citizens," 4 July 2018 Its leading proponent was W. H. Auden, who had come to the United States in 1939 and was naturalized in 1946. David Kirby, New York Times, "Donald Hall, a Poet Laureate of the Rural Life, Is Dead at 89," 24 June 2018 If Okoumou had not already been naturalized, the current federal proceedings for her act of civil disobedience would have transformed into a referendum on her legal residency in this country. Shamira Ibrahim, Daily Intelligencer, "Patricia Okoumou and the Threat to Black Immigrants," 13 July 2018 In 2017, about 150 people from more than 15 different countries were naturalized at the Mesa festival. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "Mesa to celebrate Fourth of July with fireworks, naturalization ceremony for new citizens," 2 July 2018 Last year in Maryland, McKinney said, more than 19,000 people were naturalized. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "A civic journey: From immigrant to citizen to voter," 2 July 2018 It was estimated that 3000 uniformed men were in the line, in addition to the veterans of former wars, uniformed Red Cross nurses, and three bus loads of new citizens naturalized this year. sandiegouniontribune.com, "July 4, 1917: San Diego Honors New Citizens," 4 July 2018 Rather than increase, the number of Iranians naturalized in the U.S. declined after the deal was signed, from 10,344 in 2015 to 9,507 in 2016, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Washington Post, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s shaky claim on Iran nuclear accord," 3 July 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW Pomegranates will produce blooms through May. In my neighborhood, the deer do not eat pomegranate, so the plant has naturalized throughout the area. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "What’s blooming in S.A. gardens now in April," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of naturalize

1559, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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naturalize

verb

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, 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 \
naturalized; naturalizing

Legal Definition of naturalize

: to admit (a person) to citizenship

Other Words from naturalize

naturalization \ ˌna-​chə-​rə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

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