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 Jaquez Estrada also has an 8-year-old daughter Yasailie Saucedo, who is an American, a sister who has been naturalized and parents who are legal residents. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "“She tried to become legal and it just became a nightmare:” A DACA recipient’s deportation and her family’s search to find her in Mexico," 3 Nov. 2019 The change would also affect children of non-citizens, U.S. service members or government employees who naturalize — that is, who become citizens themselves — after the child's birth. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Who would be affected by Trump's new citizenship policy for children born overseas?," 29 Aug. 2019 Immigrants have served in uniform since the nation’s founding and have been naturalized in uniform or as veterans for a century. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "ICE deported veterans while ‘unaware’ it was required to carefully screen them, report says," 9 June 2019 Immigrants have served in uniform since the nation’s founding and have been naturalized in uniform or as veterans for a century. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "ICE deported veterans while ‘unaware’ it was required to carefully screen them, report says," 9 June 2019 For our purposes, the voting-eligible population is defined as citizens, either native-born or naturalized, who will be at least 18 years old on Election Day and are not institutionalized. Chris Wilson, Time, "The America That Votes in 2020 Will Look Radically Different Than it Did in 2016," 11 Sep. 2019 Immigrants, both naturalized and noncitizens, were overwhelmingly urban and suburban dwellers. Mike Schneider, Twin Cities, "Foreign-born residents more likely to work full time than those born in U.S., new census figures show," 19 Aug. 2019 Three of them were born in the U.S., and one was naturalized in 2000. latimes.com, "Today: On Edge Over ICE Raids," 15 July 2019 Some were third-generation citizens; others were waiting to be naturalized. Los Angeles Times, "‘Go back to where you came from’: Our readers recall racist taunts from their lives," 15 July 2019

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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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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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