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From Middle French naturaliser. Surface etymology is natural + -ize[1]


  • IPA(key): /ˈnætʃəɹəˌlaɪz/, /ˈnætʃɹəˌlaɪz/


naturalize (third-person singular simple present naturalizes, present participle naturalizing, simple past and past participle naturalized)

  1. To grant citizenship to someone not born a citizen
  2. To acclimatize an animal or plant
  3. To make natural
    Custom naturalizes labour or study.
  4. To limit explanations of a phenomenon to naturalistic ones and exclude supernatural ones
  5. (linguistics) To make (a word) a natural part of the language.
    In English, foreign words are typically written in italics until they are naturalized.
    English speakers have naturalized the French word "café".
  6. To study nature.
    • 1854, Somerton, The heiress of Somerton, page 226:
      Well, any way, Doctor, we will make an appointment for a whole day here next spring ; we will botanize, herbarize and naturalize to our hearts' content, from morn till night."



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  1. ^ "naturalize" in Unabridged. Random House, Inc.