from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To grant full citizenship to (one of foreign birth).
- transitive v. To adopt (something foreign) into general use.
- transitive v. To adapt or acclimate (a plant or animal) to a new environment; introduce and establish as if native.
- transitive v. To cause to conform to nature.
- intransitive v. To become naturalized or acclimated; undergo adaptation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To grant citizenship to someone born abroad
- v. To acclimatize an animal or plant
- v. To make to appear more natural
- v. To limit explanations of a phenomenon to naturalistic ones and exclude supernatural ones
- v. To make (a word) a natural part of (the language)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make natural.
- transitive v. To confer the rights and privileges of a native subject or citizen on; to make as if native; to adopt, as a foreigner into a nation or state, and place in the condition of a native subject.
- transitive v. To receive or adopt as native, natural, or vernacular; to make one's own.
- transitive v. To adapt; to accustom; to habituate; to acclimate; to cause to grow as under natural conditions.
- intransitive v. To become as if native.
- intransitive v. To explain phenomena by natural agencies or laws, to the exclusion of the supernatural.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To reduce to a state of nature: identify with, or make a part of, nature.
- To make natural; render easy and familiar by custom and habit.
- To confer the rights and privileges of a natural subject or citizen upon; receive under sanction and form of law as a citizen or subject. See naturalization.
- To receive or adopt as native, natural, or vernacular; incorporate into ormake part and parcel of a language; receive into the original or common stock: as, to naturalize a foreign word or expression.
- So to adapt to new conditions of life that those conditions shall appear to be native to the person or thing naturalized; to introduce and acclimatize or cause to thrive as if indigenous: as, to naturalize a foreign plant or animal.
- In musical notation, to apply a natural or cancel (♮) to.
- To explain phenomena by natural laws, to the exclusion of the supernatural.
- To become like a native.
- To become a citizen of another than one's native country. Also spelled naturalise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. adopt to another place
- v. make into a citizen
- v. adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment
- v. make more natural or lifelike
- v. explain with reference to nature
1585–95, from natural + -ize (Wiktionary)