westernize

verb, often capitalized
west·​ern·​ize | \ ˈwe-stər-ˌnīz How to pronounce westernize (audio) \
westernized; westernizing

Definition of westernize

transitive verb

: to imbue with qualities native to or associated with a western region and especially the noncommunist countries of Europe and America

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Other Words from westernize

westernizer noun, often capitalized

Examples of westernize in a Sentence

He decided to westernize his name after moving from Japan to Canada. The city has begun to westernize.
Recent Examples on the Web Beijing has seized on the images to portray the movement as a coddled, westernized middle class incited by foreign organizations and governments to rebel against the world’s largest communist country, China. Washington Post, "Anti-establishment views unite, divide Hong Kong protesters," 9 Jan. 2020 While there is a strong patriarchal and religious streak in most of Egypt, the players come from a small, somewhat privileged slice of society that is westernized. David Segal, New York Times, "A Squash Mystery in Egypt: Is There Something in the Nile?," 1 Nov. 2019 Mateer | Deadspin | September 11, 2019 | 14 minutes (3,725 words) Inside the rise of oyster shucking competitions in China, a phenomenon with its roots across the Atlantic Ocean that has found a niche within the country’s most westernized pockets. Longreads, "The Top 5 Longreads of the Week," 9 Sep. 2019 But Poland has slowly westernized and moved out of Moscow’s orbit. Alex Ward, Vox, "Poland wants a US military base in Poland. Trump might agree to it.," 18 Sep. 2018 Qiu satirizes a Taiwan that was eager to westernize in the 1980s while being increasingly arrested in time. Ankita Chakraborty, Longreads, "A Crocodile In Paris: The Queer Classics of Qiu Miaojin," 8 June 2018 But Poland has slowly westernized and moved out of Moscow’s orbit. Alex Ward, Vox, "Poland wants a US military base in Poland. Trump might agree to it.," 18 Sep. 2018 Qiu satirizes a Taiwan that was eager to westernize in the 1980s while being increasingly arrested in time. Ankita Chakraborty, Longreads, "A Crocodile In Paris: The Queer Classics of Qiu Miaojin," 8 June 2018 He is widely credited for modernizing, westernizing, reforming, and rooting out corruption in Georgia. chicagotribune.com, "Georgia's former president now a man without a state," 22 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of westernize

1819, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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12 Jan 2020

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“Westernize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/westernize. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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westernize

verb
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English Language Learners Definition of westernize

: to cause (someone or something) to have the qualities or characteristics that are associated with Western Europe and North America

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