Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To make African or cause to have African characteristics, as in culture.
  • intransitive verb To transfer to African control.
  • intransitive verb To become African.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To give an African character to.
  • To place under negro domination.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb American To place under the domination of Africans or negroes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive, American To make African.

Etymologies

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From African +‎ -ize

Examples

  • Museveni invited the Ugandan-born businessmen of South Asian descent back to Uganda to reclaim their properties seized by dictator Idi Amin in a drive to "Africanize" the economy.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • "Africanize" the country's assets, the Independent newspaper reported Thursday.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Mugabe's effort to "Africanize" the nation's assets - have devastated the agriculture-based economy.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Mugabe said in an interview with Britain's Independent newspaper that his government was eyeing foreign-owned firms, including mines and some 400 British-controlled businesses, for possible seizure as part of his campaign to "Africanize" his country's assets.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • People from outside do not see it as clearly as those of us who live it daily, but even from out here in Uganda, to Africanize a recently overused quote, "you can put lipstick on a goat, but it's still a goat."

    Shari Cohen: In Uganda, Obama The Talk Of The Town

  • He does not wish to Africanize America, for America has too much to teach the world and Africa; he does not wish to bleach his Negro blood in a flood of white Americanism, for he believes — foolishly, perhaps, but fervently — that Negro blood has yet a message for the world.

    Civil Rights & Black Identity

  • "The problem," says Catholic Archbishop Peter Sarpong of Kumasi, Ghana, "is not how to Christianize Africa" -- the old missionary approach -- "but how to Africanize Christianity."

    The Changing Face Of The Church

  • Since the BaKongo prophetess Beatrice Kimpa Vita of the late 17th century, Africans had sought to Africanize European cultural institutions such as the church.

    G. Africa, 1795-1917

  • And so, undeterred, Ogot continued to “Africanize” the institute.

    Ancestral Passions

  • He does not wish to Africanize America, for America has too much to teach the world and Africa; he does not with to bleach his Negro blood in a flood of white Americanism, for he believes — foolishly, perhaps, but fervently — that Negro blood has yet a message for the world.

    Strivings of the Negro People

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