nat·u·ral·ize (năchər-ə-līz′, năchrə-)
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·zation (-lĭ-zāshən) n.
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