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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kuhl-chuh-rey-shuh n]
    • /əˌkʌl tʃəˈreɪ ʃən/
    • /əˈkʌl.tʃər.eɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kuhl-chuh-rey-shuh n]
    • /əˌkʌl tʃəˈreɪ ʃən/

Definitions of acculturation word

  • noun acculturation the process of conditioning a child to the patterns or customs of a culture 3
  • noun acculturation the process of becoming adapted to a new or different culture with more or less advanced patterns 3
  • noun acculturation the mutual influence of different cultures in close contact 3
  • noun acculturation the process of adopting the cultural traits or social patterns of another group. 1
  • noun acculturation the result of this process. 1
  • noun acculturation A process by which the culture of an isolated society changes on contact with a different one. 1

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Origin of acculturation

First appearance:

before 1875
One of the 25% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1875-80; ac- + culture + -ation

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Parts of speech for Acculturation


acculturation popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 63% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for acculturation

noun acculturation

  • naturalization — to confer upon (an alien) the rights and privileges of a citizen.
  • assimilation — an assimilating or being assimilated
  • acclimatization — The act of acclimatizing; the process of inuring to a new climate, or the state of being so inured.
  • culture shock — Culture shock is a feeling of anxiety, loneliness, and confusion that people sometimes experience when they first arrive in another country.
  • nationalization — to bring under the ownership or control of a nation, as industries and land: a movement to nationalize the oil industry.

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