naturalize

verb nat·u·ral·ize \ ˈna-chə-rə-ˌlīz , ˈnach-rə- \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of naturalize

naturalized; naturalizing
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

naturalization

play \ˌna-chə-rə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌnach-rə-\ noun

Examples of naturalize in a Sentence

  1. The government refused to naturalize them without documentation.

  2. naturalized citizens of the U.S.

  3. Several Asian fish have become naturalized in these lakes.

  4. Before you naturalize bulbs in your lawn, fertilize well.

  5. These daisies naturalize well in the Pacific Northwest.

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First Known Use of naturalize

1559


NATURALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

naturalize

verb

Definition of naturalize for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

naturalize

verb nat·u·ral·ize \ ˈna-chə-rə-ˌlīz , ˈnach-rə- \

Definition of naturalize for Students

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

Law Dictionary

naturalize

transitive verb nat·u·ral·ize \ ˈna-chə-rə-ˌlīz \

legal Definition of naturalize

naturalized; naturalizing
:to admit (a person) to citizenship

naturalization

play \ˌna-chə-rə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun


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