nat·u·ral·ize /ˈnæʧərəˌlaɪz, ˈnæʧrə-/
Nat·u·ral·ize v. t. [imp. & p. p. Naturalized p. pr. & vb. n. Naturalizing ]
1. To make natural; as, custom naturalizes labor or study.
2. To confer the rights and privileges of a native subject or citizen on; to make as if native; to adopt, as a foreigner into a nation or state, and place in the condition of a native subject.
3. To receive or adopt as native, natural, or vernacular; to make one's own; as, to naturalize foreign words.
4. To adapt; to accustom; to habituate; to acclimate; to cause to grow as under natural conditions.
Its wearer suggested that pears and peaches might yet be naturalized in the New England climate. --Hawthorne.
Nat·u·ral·ize, v. i.
1. To become as if native.
2. To explain phenomena by natural agencies or laws, to the exclusion of the supernatural.
Infected by this naturalizing tendency. --H. Bushnell.
v 1: make into a citizen; "The French family was naturalized last
year" [syn: naturalise] [ant: denaturalize]
2: explain with reference to nature
3: adopt to another place; "The stories had become naturalized
into an American setting" [syn: naturalise]
4: make more natural or lifelike [syn: naturalise] [ant: denaturalize]
5: adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment;
"domesticate oats"; "tame the soil" [syn: domesticate, cultivate,