Germanize

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German +‎ -ize

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Germanize (third-person singular simple present Germanizes, present participle Germanizing, simple past and past participle Germanized)

  1. (transitive) To give a German character to (something).
    to Germanize a province, a language, or a society
    • 1751, Benjamin Franklin, Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind, Peopling of Countries, etc.
      Why should Pennsylvania [] become a Colony of aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us, instead of our Anglifying them, and will never adopt our language or customs, any more than they can acquire our complexion?
  2. (intransitive) To adopt German customs or culture.

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