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Pronunciation:  'nachuru`lIz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment; "domesticate oats"; "tame the soil"
  2. [v]  make into a citizen; "The French family was naturalized last year"
  3. [v]  make more natural or lifelike
  4. [v]  adopt to another place; "The stories had become naturalized into an American setting"
  5. [v]  explain with reference to nature

NATURALIZE is a 10 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: cultivate, domesticate, naturalise, tame
 Antonyms: denaturalise, denaturalize
 See Also: accommodate, adapt, alter, change, explain, explicate, immigrate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Nat"u*ral*ize\ (?; 135), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Naturalized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Naturalizing}.] [Cf. F.
    naturaliser. See {Natural}.]
    1. To make natural; as, custom naturalizes labor or study.
    2. 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.
    3. To receive or adopt as native, natural, or vernacular; to
       make one's own; as, to naturalize foreign words.
    4. To adapt; to accustom; to habituate; to acclimate; to
       cause to grow as under natural conditions.
             Its wearer suggested that pears and peaches might
             yet be naturalized in the New England climate.
  2. \Nat"u*ral*ize\, v. i.
    1. To become as if native.
    2. To explain phenomena by natural agencies or laws, to the
       exclusion of the supernatural.
             Infected by this naturalizing tendency. --H.
Biology Dictionary
  1. To adapt to a non-native environment
  2. Of foreign origin, but established and reproducing as though native.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: acclimate, acclimatize, accommodate, acculturate, acculturize, accustom, adapt, adjust, admit, adopt, affiliate, Americanize, Anglicize, assimilate, assimilate to, become, break, break in, bring to, case harden, change, change into, change over, condition, confer citizenship, confirm, convert, do over, domesticate, domesticize, establish, familiarize, fix, gentle, go native, habituate, harden, housebreak, inure, make, make over, orient, orientate, reconvert, reduce to, render, resolve into, reverse, season, shift, switch, switch over, tame, train, transform, turn back, turn into, wont