transitive verb-·ized·, -·iz·ing
- to confer the rights of citizenship upon (an alien)
- to adopt and make common (a custom, word, etc.) from another country or place
- to adapt (a plant or animal) to a new environment; acclimate
- to explain (occurrences) by natural law, rejecting supernatural influence
- to make natural or less artificial; free from conventionality
Origin of naturalizeFrench naturaliser: see natural and -ize
- to become naturalized, or as if native
- to study nature
verbnat·u·ral·ized, nat·u·ral·iz·ing, nat·u·ral·iz·es
- To grant full citizenship to (one of foreign birth).
- To adopt (something foreign, such as a custom or a word from another language) into general use.
- To introduce and establish (a species) in an environment to which it is not native: European birds that became naturalized in North America.
- To explain (an occurrence, for example) by natural causes in contrast to supernatural causes.
(third-person singular simple present naturalizes, present participle naturalizing, simple past and past participle naturalized)
- To grant citizenship to someone not born a citizen
- To acclimatize an animal or plant
- To make natural
- Custom naturalizes labour or study.
- To limit explanations of a phenomenon to naturalistic ones and exclude supernatural ones
- (linguistics) To make (a word) a natural part of (the language)
- English speakers have naturalized the French word "cafÃ©".
In English, foreign words are typically written in italics until they are naturalized.
1585-95, from natural + -ize