transitive verb, often capitalized
po·​lo·​nize | \ ˈpōləˌnīz \

Definition of polonize

1 : to cause to acquire Polish customs or attitudes especially : to force into conformity with Polish cultural patterns or governmental policies German cities assigned to Poland have been polonized— M. A. Pei the Polish clergy … use their influence to polonize the people Russian Poland
2 : to modify (a word or expression) to conform to characteristics distinctive of Polish difficult … to polonize English terms— B. W. A. Massey

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History and Etymology for polonize

International Scientific Vocabulary polon-, (from Medieval Latin Polonia Poland) + -ize

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“Polonize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polonize. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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