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anglicize Line breaks: an¦gli|cize
Pronunciation: /ˈaŋɡlɪsʌɪz/
(also anglicise)

Definition of anglicize in English:


[with object]
Make English in form or character: he anglicized his name to Goodman (as adjective anglicized) an anglicized form of a Navajo word
More example sentences
  • This comic operetta tells the story of a South Sea Island despot who wishes to anglicise his island by importing all things English.
  • For Owen, to whom speaking English has brought success and respectability, anglicising Irish place names represents the modernisation of Ireland as a nation.
  • While not anti-English, it is decidedly pro-Gaelic (even insisting on Gaelic names in cases where anglicised forms are far more familiar to Scots) and tends to be anti-Presbyterian.



Example sentences
  • Our own town of Athy owes its name to the anglicization of the Gaelic place name Ath Í meaning the Ford of Ae.
  • The Union had brought remarkable benefits but at the cost of anglicisation; as Scott put it, ‘what makes Scotland Scotland is fast disappearing’.
  • A letter of complaint has been sent to An Post about the anglicisation of its name to The Post Office and a motion condemning this retrograde step was passed unanimously.

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