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English definition of “naturalize”

naturalize

verb [I or T] ( UK also naturalise)
 
 
/ˈnætʃərəlaɪz/ LAW
to make someone a citizen of a country they were not born in, or to become a citizen of a country you were not born in: be/become naturalized About 700,000 immigrants were naturalized as citizens last year, officials said. Not all permanent residents are eligible to naturalize. a naturalized citizen
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