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

v make into a citizen

“The French family was naturalized last year”
Synonyms:
naturalise
Antonyms:
denaturalise, denaturalize
strip of the rights and duties of citizenship
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v adopt to another place

“The stories had become naturalized into an American setting”
Synonyms:
naturalise
Type of:
accommodate, adapt
make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose

v explain with reference to nature

Type of:
explain, explicate
make plain and comprehensible

v make more natural or lifelike

Synonyms:
naturalise
Antonyms:
denaturalise, denaturalize
make less natural or unnatural
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment

Synonyms:
cultivate, domesticate, naturalise, tame
Type of:
accommodate, adapt
make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose

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