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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kuhl-chuh-reyt]
    • /əˈkʌl tʃəˌreɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kuhl-chuh-reyt]
    • /əˈkʌl tʃəˌreɪt/

Definitions of acculturate word

  • verb acculturate (of a cultural or social group) to assimilate the cultural traits of another group 3
  • intransitive verb acculturate to undergo, or alter by, acculturation 3
  • noun acculturate Assimilate or cause to assimilate a different culture, typically the dominant one. 1
  • verb acculturate (Transitive Verb) To change the culture of (a person) by the influence of another culture, especially a more advanced culture. 0
  • verb acculturate (Transitive Verb) To cause (a person) to acquire the culture of society, starting at birth. 0
  • verb acculturate (Intransitive Verb) To be changed by acculturation. 0

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Origin of acculturate

First appearance:

before 1930
One of the 10% newest English words
First recorded in 1930-35; back formation from acculturation

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Parts of speech for Acculturate


acculturate popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 55% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 60% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

acculturate usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for acculturate

verb acculturate

  • assimilate — When people such as immigrants assimilate into a community or when that community assimilates them, they become an accepted part of it.
  • cultivate — If you cultivate land or crops, you prepare land and grow crops on it.
  • civilize — To civilize a person or society means to educate them and improve their way of life.
  • socialize — to make social; make fit for life in companionship with others.
  • socialise — to make social; make fit for life in companionship with others.

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