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Definition of naturalize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈnætʃərəˌlaɪz//
    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they naturalize
    he / she / it naturalizes
    past simple naturalized
    -ing form naturalizing
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  1. 1[transitive] naturalize somebody to make someone 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.
  2. 2[transitive] naturalize something to introduce a plant or an animal to a country where it is not native The species is now naturalized in the United States.
  3. 3[intransitive] (of a plant or an animal) to start growing or living naturally in a country where it is not native
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, NAmE//ˌnætʃərələˈzeɪʃn//
noun [uncountable] naturalization papers (= documents that prove a person has been made a citizen of a country)
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