Definition for NAT'U-RAL-IZE

NAT'U-RAL-IZE, v.t. [from natural, nature.]

  1. To confer on an alien the rights and privileges of a native subject or citizen; to adopt foreigners into a nation or state, and place them in the condition of natural born subjects.
  2. To make natural; to render easy and familiar by custom and habit; as, custom naturalizes labor or study. South.
  3. To adapt; to make suitable; to acclimate; as, to naturalize one to a climate.
  4. To receive or adopt as native, natural or vernacular; to make our own; as, to naturalize foreign words.
  5. To accustom; to habituate; as, to naturalize the vine to a cold climate. Gibbon.

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