Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To convert to the customs of Western civilization.

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  • v. to make something western in character

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To render western (as opposed to Oriental) in character; infuse western ideas or ways into.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make western in character

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Examples

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  • Ten or fifteen years ago when China was at the beginning of its economic development, most people preferred to westernize and forget the past.

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  • I am trying to devise a way to make the tunic style dress and westernize the scarf piece so that it will suit our climate and lifestyle here.

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  • Australian exports of live cattle to Indonesia have boomed as diets westernize in the Southeast Asian nation, amid rising incomes and population growth, but recent revelations of animal abuse in Indonesian slaughterhouses have halted the live cattle trade.

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  • At the very least, all non-Western immigrants to Britain and America should be told prior to their arrival that our intention is to westernize them.

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  • If you don't know why the "tribal areas" on the Pak-Afghan border are so notoriously hard for the Pakistanis to govern, if you wonder why the people in the Afghan countryside don't automatically see us as their friends and liberators, if you think this is the first time somebody has tried to modernize/westernize/democratize/liberalize Afghanistan, this letter is timely and important reading.

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  • The political elite in England either do not believe this is true because they believe that the muslims will gradually westernize, or do not have the guts for a fight to protect their own culture and the Jews that have contributed to it.

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  • "The political elite in England either do not believe this is true because they believe that the muslims will gradually westernize, or do not have the guts for a fight to protect their own culture and the Jews that have contributed to it."

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

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