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

  • intransitive v. To become as if native.
  • intransitive v. To explain phenomena by natural agencies or laws, to the exclusion of the supernatural.
  • 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.

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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

1585–95, from natural + -ize


  • We use the term naturalize, that is, to make natural born, in the same sense.

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  • One way to naturalize is to toss the bulbs in the air, and then plant them where they fall.

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  • In almost every aspect of my life I feel the need to reevaluate and further "naturalize" my way of living.

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  • The very term "naturalize," with which we denote the initiation of a foreigner, is a confession that the nation is not a social contract but a natural relation.

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  • Solomon wishes to "naturalize" spirituality starting from the standpoint that, in his words, "if spirituality means anything it means thoughtfulness" (p. 5).

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  • Anyone who follows genealogy knows that the feds did not naturalize until late in the nineteenth century.

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