noun, often capitalized
west·​ern·​i·​za·​tion | \ ˌwe-stər-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce westernization (audio) \

Definition of westernization

: conversion to or adoption of western traditions or techniques

Examples of westernization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Within months, Pahlavi Iran, a showcase for Westernization, yielded to the Islamic state led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Amir-hussein Radjy, New Republic, "Rewriting the Iranian Revolution," 6 July 2017 Late-20th-century globalization — a synonym for Westernization — brought a lot of good to both poorer Western countries and the non-Western world. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: Has globalization gone off the rails?," 25 May 2017 Westernization has begun to influence a new aesthetic, one that echoes metropolises from around the world. Liz Stinson, WIRED, "Photos: The Curious Allure of Post-Soviet Architecture," 3 Mar. 2014 Police officers some months ago closed a knockoff KFC restaurant after hard-liners protested, saying the chicken wings were a symbol of Westernization. Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times, "With Boeing Deal, Americans Are Coming to Iran," 22 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of westernization

1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Westernization.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/westernization. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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