Definition of westernize in English:

westernize

Syllabification: west·ern·ize
Pronunciation: /ˈwestərˌnīz
 
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verb

[with object] (usually be westernized)
  • 1Cause (a country, person, or system) to adopt or be influenced by the cultural, economic, or political systems of Europe and North America: the agreement provided for the legal system to be westernized (as adjective westernized) the more westernized parts of the city
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    • Peter attempted to modernize and westernize the country militarily, administratively, economically, and culturally, often through the use of force.
    • The country managed to maintain its independence because the kings realized that their country could only escape Western control by developing and westernizing the country.
    • It has become increasingly unpopular in the United States, Australia and other westernized countries to import goods from countries with sweatshops.
  • 1.1 [no object] Be in the process of adopting or being influenced by the systems of the West: (as adjective westernizing) a westernizing tribe
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    • What's more, she provides a look at New Delhi as the city westernizes into a circus of cellphones, saris, golf foursomes, hennaed hands and shiny cars.
    • Myong-dong and Namdaemun market offer a glimpse of traditional daily life but have become highly westernized with most of their items for sale being more western than Korean.
    • The music soundtracks have an R&B feel, and are blatantly more westernised.

Derivatives

westernization

Pronunciation: /ˌwestərniˈzāSHən/
noun
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  • At a time when cultural events influenced by westernisation are fast becoming more popular among the younger generation, there is a growing concern that ancient and traditional arts would slowly fade away.
  • He believes that describing Indian youths as westernised is wrong, because despite outward westernisation, they have a deep yearning for Indian culture.
  • Underneath the veneer of westernisation there is a hugely abundant and powerful cultural tradition that won't die out and is in fact also influencing us in the west.

westernizer

noun
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  • But Russian intellectuals themselves were as divided then as they are today between westernizers and Slavophiles.

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