Definition of naturalize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈnætʃrəlaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnætʃrəlaɪz//
    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they naturalize
    BrE BrE//ˈnætʃrəlaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnætʃrəlaɪz//
    he / she / it naturalizes
    BrE BrE//ˈnætʃrəlaɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnætʃrəlaɪzɪz//
    past simple naturalized
    BrE BrE//ˈnætʃrəlaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnætʃrəlaɪzd//
    past participle naturalized
    BrE BrE//ˈnætʃrəlaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnætʃrəlaɪzd//
    -ing form naturalizing
    BrE BrE//ˈnætʃrəlaɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnætʃrəlaɪzɪŋ//
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  1. 1[transitive] naturalize somebody to make somebody who was not born in a particular country a citizen of that country a naturalized American who was born in Poland He was naturalized as a British citizen in 1940. See related entries: Immigration
  2. 2[transitive] naturalize something to introduce a plant or an animal to a country where it is not native The grey squirrel is now naturalized in Britain.
  3. 3[intransitive] (of a plant or an animal) to start growing or living naturally in a country where it is not native
  4. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French naturaliser, from Old French natural, from Latin naturalis, from natura ‘birth, nature, quality’, from nat- ‘born’, from the verb nasci.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: naturalize