westernize

verb, often capitalized west·ern·ize \ ˈwe-stər-ˌnīz \
|Updated on: 15 Jun 2018

Definition of westernize

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

westernizer

noun, often capitalized

Examples of westernize in a Sentence

  1. He decided to westernize his name after moving from Japan to Canada.

  2. The city has begun to westernize.

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First Known Use of westernize

1819

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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


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