polonize

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

Definition of polonize

-ed/-ing/-s
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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Origin and Etymology of polonize

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


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