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tr.v. west·ern·ized, west·ern·iz·ing, west·ern·iz·es
To convert to the customs of Western civilization.

west′ern·i·za′tion (wĕs′tər-nĭ-zā′shən) n.


(ˈwɛstəˌnaɪz) or


(Sociology) (tr) to influence or make familiar with the customs, practices, etc, of the West
ˌwesterniˈzation, ˌwesterniˈsation n


(ˈwɛs tərˌnaɪz)

v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
to influence with or convert to ideas, customs, practices, etc., characteristic of the Occident or of the western U.S.
west`ern•i•za′tion, n.


Past participle: westernized
Gerund: westernizing

I westernize
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Present Continuous
I am westernizing
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Present Perfect
I have westernized
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Past Continuous
I was westernizing
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we were westernizing
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Past Perfect
I had westernized
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I will westernize
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Future Perfect
I will have westernized
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Future Continuous
I will be westernizing
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been westernizing
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Future Perfect Continuous
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Past Perfect Continuous
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I would westernize
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Past Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.westernize - make western in character; "The country was Westernized after it opened up"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"


[ˈwestənaɪz] VToccidentalizar


vtdie westliche Zivilisation/Kultur einführen in (+dat); (pej)verwestlichen


[ˈwɛstəˌnaɪz] vtoccidentalizzare
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