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Definition of "naturalize" []

  • To grant full citizenship to (one of foreign birth). (verb-transitive)
  • To adopt (something foreign) into general use. (verb-transitive)
  • To adapt or acclimate (a plant or animal) to a new environment; introduce and establish as if native. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to conform to nature. (verb-transitive)
  • To become naturalized or acclimated; undergo adaptation. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "naturalize" in a sentence
  • "We use the term naturalize, that is, to make natural born, in the same sense."
  • "One way to naturalize is to toss the bulbs in the air, and then plant them where they fall."
  • "In almost every aspect of my life I feel the need to reevaluate and further "naturalize" my way of living."