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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wes-ter-nahyz]
    • /ˈwɛs tərˌnaɪz/
    • /ˈwes.tən.aɪz/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wes-ter-nahyz]
    • /ˈwɛs tərˌnaɪz/

Definitions of westernize word

  • verb with object westernize to influence with ideas, customs, practices, etc., characteristic of the Occident or of the western U.S. 1
  • noun westernize Cause (a country, person, or system) to adopt or be influenced by the cultural, economic, or political systems of Europe and North America. 1
  • transitive verb westernize impose Western culture on 1
  • verb westernize to influence or make familiar with the customs, practices, etc, of the West 0
  • verb transitive westernize to make Western in character, habits, ideas, etc. 0
  • verb westernize To make something western in character. 0

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Origin of westernize

First appearance:

before 1830
One of the 36% newest English words
First recorded in 1830-40; western + -ize

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Parts of speech for Westernize


westernize popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 44% 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.

westernize usage trend in Literature

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Top questions with westernize

  • how did peter the great westernize russia?
  • the ruler who first tried to westernize russia was?
  • why did peter the great want to westernize russia?

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