Definitions for naturalizeˈnætʃ ər əˌlaɪz, ˈnætʃ rə-
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nat•u•ral•izeˈnætʃ ər əˌlaɪz, ˈnætʃ rə-(v.)-ized, -iz•ing.
(v.t.)to confer upon (an alien) the rights and privileges of a citizen.
to introduce (plants, birds, etc.) into a region and cause them to flourish as if native.
to introduce or adopt (foreign practices, words, etc.) into a country or into general use.
to bring into conformity with nature.
to regard or explain as natural rather than supernatural.
to adapt or accustom to a place or to new surroundings.
(v.i.)to become naturalized.
to adapt as if native to a new environment, set of circumstances, etc.
to study or carry on research in natural history.
Origin of naturalize:
make into a citizen
"The French family was naturalized last year"
explain with reference to nature
adopt to another place
"The stories had become naturalized into an American setting"
make more natural or lifelike
domesticate, cultivate, naturalize, naturalise, tame(verb)
adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment
"domesticate oats"; "tame the soil"
To grant citizenship to someone born abroad
To acclimatize an animal or plant
To make to appear more natural
To limit explanations of a phenomenon to naturalistic ones and exclude supernatural ones
To make (a word) a natural part of (the language)
to make natural; as, custom naturalizes labor or study
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
to receive or adopt as native, natural, or vernacular; to make one's own; as, to naturalize foreign words
to adapt; to accustom; to habituate; to acclimate; to cause to grow as under natural conditions
to become as if native
to explain phenomena by natural agencies or laws, to the exclusion of the supernatural