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, 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, 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 22 May. 2022.

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