naturalize

To naturalize is to make someone a citizen of a country or to adapt to living in a new place or enviroment.

Naturalizing has several meanings that are all variations on the idea of becoming native. When an immigrant is naturalized, they become a full citizen of a country. Other types of naturalizing also involve foreign people or things fitting in. A foreign term — like adios — is naturalized because many English-only speakers use it. When something or someone is naturalized, they've learned to live and fit in somewhere new. They now fit in naturally.

Definitions of naturalize
  1. verb
    make into a citizen
    “The French family was naturalized last year”
    synonyms: naturalise
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    Antonyms:
    denaturalise, denaturalize
    strip of the rights and duties of citizenship
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    adopt to another place
    “The stories had become naturalized into an American setting”
    synonyms: naturalise
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    type of:
    accommodate, adapt
    make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
  3. verb
    explain with reference to nature
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    type of:
    explain, explicate
    make plain and comprehensible
  4. verb
    make more natural or lifelike
    synonyms: naturalise
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    Antonyms:
    denaturalise, denaturalize
    make less natural or unnatural
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  5. verb
    adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment
    synonyms: cultivate, domesticate, naturalise, tame
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    type of:
    accommodate, adapt
    make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
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