ro·​man·​ize | \ ˈrō-mə-ˌnīz How to pronounce romanize (audio) \
romanized; romanizing

Definition of romanize

transitive verb

1 often capitalized : to make Roman in character
2 : to write or print (something, such as a language) in the Latin alphabet romanize Chinese
3 capitalized
a : to convert to Roman Catholicism
b : to give a Roman Catholic character to

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Other Words from romanize

romanization \ ˌrō-​mə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce romanize (audio) \ noun, often capitalized

Examples of romanize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most common method used pinyin, the system of romanized spelling for Mandarin that Chinese students learn in school. Mara Hvistendahl, Wired, "How a Chinese AI Giant Made Chatting—and Surveillance—Easy," 18 May 2020 Goo, romanized by the star as Koo and also known professionally as GUHARA, was one of the K-pop world’s most prominent female stars and also popular in Japan after rising to fame as part of girl group KARA. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Goo Hara Was a K-Pop Royal Who Deserved a Better World," 24 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of romanize

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Romanize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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