Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To give a German quality to.
  • transitive v. Archaic To translate into German.
  • intransitive v. To have or adopt German customs or attitudes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To give a German character to (something).
  • v. To adopt German customs or culture.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To reason or write after the manner of the Germans.
  • transitive v. To make German, or like what is distinctively German.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To render German in character or sentiment; cause to conform to German ideals or methods.
  • To translate into German.
  • To become German in habits, feelings, sympathies, tastes, etc.

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Examples

  • Heydrich planned to "Germanize" Czechoslavakia, a plan that would lead to his death.

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  • With two friends, Polak watched German authorities plant the tree with great pomp - part of an effort to "Germanize" the town, he said.

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  • The Prussian kings wanted to "Germanize" their acquired areas, much as the Israeli government wants to "Judaeize" their occupied territories.

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  • Rutherford (2007) looks at the Wartheland region in a study of efforts to "Germanize" areas of western Poland.

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  • Old Ben went on: "Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a Colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them, and will never adopt our Language or Customs, any more than they can acquire our Complexion?"

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  • He would have liked to eliminate half the Czech population and Germanize the rest.

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  • “Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a Colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them, and will never adopt our Languages or Customs, any more than they can acquire our Complexion.” —

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  • In 1751, Benjamin Franklin described the influx of German immigrants who were moving into Pennsylvania as "a Colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them and will never adopt our Language or Customs any more than they can acquire our Complexion."

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  • I wonder if other countries remake american movies just to "Russianize" it or "Germanize",etc. why do we as a country feel the need to make everything American? part of me hopes they do the original justice, mostly because I do like the cast.

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  • In 1751, worried about German immigration, Benjamin Franklin wrote: "Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a Colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them ...?"

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  • Although Pascal had long planned to thoroughly Germanize his little garret in Montparnasse, Karlheinz convinced him to Teutonize it instead.

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