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verb [with object]
(often be/become naturalized
) admit (a foreigner) to the citizenship of a country:he was born in a foreign country and had never been naturalized (as adjective naturalized)a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Germany
[no object] (of a foreigner) be admitted to the citizenship of a country:the opportunity to naturalize as American alter (an adopted foreign word) so that it conforms more closely to the phonology or orthography of the adopting language:the stoccafisso of Liguria was naturalized in Nice as stocoficada 2
(usually as adjective naturalized
) Biology establish (a plant or animal) so that it lives wild in a region where it is not indigenous:native and naturalized species black mustard has become naturalized in America
(with reference to a cultivated plant) establish or become established in a natural situation: [with object]:this species of crocus naturalizes itself very easily 3regard as or cause to appear natural:although women do more child care than men, feminists should beware of naturalizing that fact explain (a phenomenon) in a naturalistic way.