transitive verb, often capitalized
slav·​i·​cize | \ ˈslavəˌsīz, -läv-, -lȧv- \
variants: or slavize \ -​läˌvīz , -​laˌv-​ , -​lȧˌv-​ \ or less commonly slavonize \ -​lavəˌnīz \ or slavonicize \ sləˈvänəˌsīz , slaˈv-​ \

Definition of slavicize

1 : to make Slavic in quality or characteristics : cause to become adapted to Slavism a slavicized German the region was slavicized within a few centuries
2 : to adapt to Slavic usage : alter to a characteristically Slavic form

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History and Etymology for slavicize

slavicize from Slavic entry 1 + -ize; slavize from slav + -ize; slavonize from obsolete English slavon slavonian (from Medieval Latin Slavonia land of the Slavs) + English -ize; slavonicize from Slavonic entry 1 + -ize

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“Slavicize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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