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

  • transitive v. To cause to come under Soviet control.
  • transitive v. To cause to conform to Soviet political, social, and cultural policy.

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  • v. bring under Soviet control, of a country
  • v. model a country's social, political, and economic structure on the Soviet Union


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  • A few wanted to do even more, nationalizing everything, going so far as to sovietize American life.

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  • "Run even quicker now and try to sovietize the country before the voters can nix the wonderful lefty plan in November!"

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  • Although he was publicly committed to the idea of autonomous socialist republics, Lenin’s intentions with regard to the newly emerged independent Lithuania make clear what in his view that meant: “We must ensure that we first sovietize Lithuania and then give it back to the Lithuanians,” he noted in July 1920.16 The process of sovietization was a bloodbath, as the Bolsheviks repressed the populations using every means at their disposal.



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