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English definition of “bastardize”


verb [T] (UK usually bastardise)     /ˈbɑː.stə.daɪz/ US  /ˈbæs.tɚ-/
to change something in a way that makes it fail to represent the values and qualities that it is intended to representDamaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishingChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently bastardized (UK usually bastardised)     /ˈbɑː.stə.daɪzd/ US  /ˈbæs.tɚ-/ adjective a bastardized form of the word/languageChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently
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