Definition of acculturate in English:


Syllabification: ac·cul·tur·ate
Pronunciation: /əˈkəlCHəˌrāt


Assimilate or cause to assimilate a different culture, typically the dominant one: [no object]: those who have acculturated to the US [with object]: the next weeks were spent acculturating the field staff (as adjective acculturated) an acculturated Cherokee
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  • In Pinon Middle School, we observed that the students who have been raised with traditional Navajo teachings or the students who are almost totally acculturated to the dominant culture are rarely seen for discipline referrals.
  • As families acculturate and assimilate they tend to form nuclear families with, occasionally, the addition of an elderly grandparent, and an unmarried adult child.
  • Therefore, they usually acculturate and assimilate rather rapidly.


mid 20th century: from ac- + culture + -ate1. The noun acculturation dates from the late 19th century.



Pronunciation: /əˌkəlCHəˈrāSHən/
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  • These immigrant churches weathered acculturation and assimilation better than other immigrant institutions.
  • Since acculturation is ultimately a personal choice, degrees of assimilation will vary from individual to individual.
  • There are a few groups that have avoided acculturation and maintained the traditional lifestyle they brought from the homeland.


Pronunciation: /-ərətiv, -əˌrātiv/
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  • As Scheder found among mobile Mexican laborers, acculturative stress may also have played a role in Pima weight gain and increased incidence of hypertension, two factors in diabetes.
  • It was found that adolescents' level of acculturation and acculturative stress did not appear to have a significant influence on their problem behaviors.
  • In contrast, ethnic identity conflict, stemming either from acculturative stress or from adolescents' perception of racial discrimination, has a negative effect on adolescents' psychological and behavioral adjustment.

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