American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make American in form, style, or character.
- v. To absorb or assimilate into American culture.
- v. To bring under American influence or control.
- v. To become American, as in spirit.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To render American in character; assimilate to the customs and institutions of the United States.
- To naturalize in the United States.
- v. American To make American, as to custom, culture, or style of the United States of America.
- v. American To localize a medium for sale or use in the United States.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To render American; to assimilate to the Americans in customs, ideas, etc.; to stamp with American characteristics.
- v. make American in character
- v. become American in character
- American + -ize (Wiktionary)
“To break the deadlock, they sent an army of 9,000 men, British and German (known as Hessians to the Americans) to besiege Charleston, S.C. A few victories in the South, they hoped, would inflame Southerners loyal to King George III, causing them to rise up and allow London to "Americanize" the war.”
“Because not only do we have to dumb down ( "Americanize") Let the Right One In, now The Orphanage too?”
“As individuals, families, and whole communities emigrate, they bring with them their eating habits and traditions, yet over time must and do change ( "Americanize", "Frenchify") their cuisine, adapting to available ingredients, modernizing to fit a new lifestyle.”
“The more than three hundred treaties with Native Americans broken by the U.S. government, the "Indian schools" and the reservation system to "Americanize" them and keep them out of sight, the Jim Crow laws, lynchings, legal discrimination, still-existing racist judicial system with its disproportionate numbers of African-American and Hispanic males incarcerated or executed, all resulted.”
“But none of this will translate in a remake, much less when your goal is to "Americanize" it.”
“What I'm wondering is how he is going to "Americanize" the sexual and perverse storylines, which have just as much to do with the film as the angst.”
“That's why the Clinton administration's argument that lifting the arms embargo will "Americanize" the war doesn't make sense.”
“The comparison reflects a basic mistake we Americans make over and over again: we "Americanize" the rest of the world's conflicts, seeing them through the lens of our own national experience.”
“Some recent buyers, like Alcatel of France, declared the intent to "Americanize" their corporate cultures.”
“They're still repressed and denied in a shameful attempt to "Americanize" them against their will and destroy their proud cultures doing it.”
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