verb, often capitalized
so·​vi·​et·​ize | \ ˈsō-vē-ˌe-ˌtīz How to pronounce sovietize (audio) , ˈsä-, -vē-ə- \
sovietized; sovietizing

Definition of sovietize

transitive verb

1 : to bring under Soviet control
2 : to force into conformity with Soviet cultural patterns or governmental policies

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sovietization \ ˌsō-​vē-​ˌe-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce sovietization (audio) , -​vē-​ə-​ \ noun, often capitalized

First Known Use of sovietize

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sovietize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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