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v. nat·u·ral·ized, nat·u·ral·iz·ing, nat·u·ral·iz·es
1. To grant full citizenship to (one of foreign birth).
2. To adopt (something foreign, such as a custom or a word from another language) into general use.
3. To introduce and establish (a species) in an environment to which it is not native: European birds that became naturalized in North America.
4. To explain (an occurrence, for example) by natural causes in contrast to supernatural causes.
To become naturalized or acclimated.
nat′u·ral·i·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
the process of assuming or being granted citizenship of a country, usually a country other than that of the person’s origin.See also: Foreigners
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|Noun||1.||naturalization - the quality of being brought into conformity with nature|
naturalness - the quality of being natural or based on natural principles; "he accepted the naturalness of death"; "the spontaneous naturalness of his manner"
|2.||naturalization - the proceeding whereby a foreigner is granted citizenship|
legal proceeding, proceeding, proceedings - (law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked
|3.||naturalization - the introduction of animals or plants to places where they flourish but are not indigenous|
|4.||naturalization - changing the pronunciation of a borrowed word to agree with the borrowers' phonology; "the naturalization in English of many Italian words"|