italianize


italianize
\\ə̇ˈtalyəˌnīz\ verb (-ed/-ing/-s)
Usage: often capitalized, see -ize
Etymology: probably from French italianiser, from Middle French, from Old Italian italiano Italian + Middle French -iser -ize — more at italianate
: to act in a fashion regarded as distinctive of Italians; specifically : to follow (as in style or technique) recognized Italian painters

the italianizing masters of Antwerp

1. : to make Italian (as in behavior, appearance, culture, style)

foreigners gradually italianized by residence in Italy

: cause to have Italian characteristics

italianizing a style of architecture

2. : to change or modify (as a word or expression foreign to Italian) so as to make conform (as in spelling or pronunciation) to characteristics of the Italian language

an italianized family name


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Italianize — [i tal′yə nīz΄] vt., vi. Italianized, Italianizing [Fr italianiser] to make or become Italian in quality, appearance, character, etc. Italianization n …   English World dictionary

  • Italianize — Italian ► NOUN 1) a person from Italy. 2) the language of Italy, descended from Latin. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to Italy or Italian. DERIVATIVES Italianize (also Italianise) verb …   English terms dictionary

  • italianize — verb ( ized; izing) Usage: often capitalized Date: circa 1611 intransitive verb to act Italian; specifically to follow the style or technique of recognized Italian painters transitive verb to make Italian (as in appearance or behavior) •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Italianize — Italianization, n. /i tal yeuh nuyz /, v., Italianized, Italianizing. v.i. 1. to become Italian in manner, character, etc. 2. to speak Italian. v.t. 3. to make Italian, esp. in manner, character, etc. Also, esp. Brit., Italianise. [1605 15;… …   Universalium

  • Italianize — verb a) To give something Italian characteristics b) To adopt an Italian way of life, or Italian manners See Also: Italianization …   Wiktionary

  • italianize — ital·ian·ize …   English syllables

  • Italianize — I•tal•ian•ize [[t]ɪˈtæl yəˌnaɪz[/t]] v. ized, iz•ing 1) to become Italian in manner, etc 2) to speak Italian 3) to make Italian, esp. in manner, character, etc • Etymology: 1605–15 I•tal ian•i•za′tion, n …   From formal English to slang

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