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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web And Asians in general couldn't naturalize until 1952. Brandon Tensley, CNN, 17 June 2021 In Massachusetts, where some 200,000 immigrants are eligible to naturalize but haven’t, local advocates say the cost is prohibitive for some. BostonGlobe.com, 29 May 2021 In Bowles’s day, snowdrops had been in England long enough for colonies to naturalize in undisturbed sites. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2021 For me, one of the great wonders of my adopted hometown is that anyone can spontaneously naturalize themselves as a New Yorker—and, most importantly, that the city will generously indulge them. John Wray, Travel + Leisure, 8 Mar. 2021 Something that is often missed in this debate is that switching to lower case is also a way to naturalize a word. Meghan O'gieblyn, Wired, 10 Dec. 2020 The organization was gearing up at the beginning of 2020 to launch a program focused on helping eligible immigrants naturalize in time to vote this election. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Oct. 2020 The organization was gearing up at the beginning of 2020 to launch a program focused on helping eligible immigrants naturalize in time to vote this election. Kate Morrissey, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2020 For Asian Americans, participating in the political process often means having to naturalize, register, and finally vote. NBC News, 25 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of naturalize

1559, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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More Definitions for naturalize

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 naturalize (audio) \ noun

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