Definition of Africanize in English:

Africanize

(also Africanise)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Make African in character:

    ‘an Africanized form of Cajun music’
    • ‘Their Latin-based sets may have derived from Cuba but their novel move was to Africanize the music.’
    • ‘There is no need to Africanise our indigenous music to support some obscure theory of ‘African cultural retentions.’’
    • ‘This was a small beginning, but it was at least a start upon which others could build later in Africanizing the Service.’
    • ‘This was a cultural campaign to Africanise French names.’
    • ‘By Africanizing or ritualizing common western objects, he constructs bridges to other times and cultures.’
    • ‘Kevin is a composer who, if anything, has tried to Africanize Western music.’
    • ‘But the campaign to Africanize cyberspace is not all about the bottom line.’
    • ‘"Africanized" music is a formal challenge to traditional Western narratives of progress.’
    • ‘A lot of African countries have become banana republics because they tend to be emotional, to Africanize just for the sake of it.’
    • ‘It was just a harbinger of things to come–a universe of Africanized music in which rhythmic development through altered repetition would replace melodic, harmonic, and even lyrical variation as the primary element in moving a song from beginning to middle to end.’
    1. 1.1 (in Africa) restructure (an organization) by replacing white employees with black Africans:
      ‘we recognize the need to Africanize the civil service in preparation for independence’
      • ‘An effort to Africanize the civil service and security forces as rapidly as possible complemented his drive for personal power.’
      • ‘If the local populace links the company with efforts to Africanize its staff, they will be much more cooperative than if they viewed the newcomer as an exploiter of local labour.’
      • ‘The aim is to 'Africanize' forest management by training local specialists to take over from their expatriate counterparts.’
      • ‘Of greater importance was Britain's decision to Africanize the police.’
      • ‘In South Africa, a university president has drained the brains from Ghanain and Nigerian universities in order to Africanize his staff.’
  • 2usually as adjective AfricanizedHybridize (honeybees of European stock) with bees of African stock, producing an aggressive strain.

    • ‘Though a bloom lasts only about a day, each unbagged flower was visited on average by about 40 Africanized honeybees.’
    • ‘The ‘killer bee, ‘or Africanized honeybee, earned this fearsome nickname because of its aggressive, though not necessarily lethal nature.’’
    • ‘Since then Africanized honeybees have spread over South and Central America and into the United States.’
    • ‘In the United States, it has been speculated, but not shown, that Africanized honeybees would hybridize extensively with European honeybees.’
    • ‘In all cases, we used samples of newly emerged adult workers to determine whether each colony was of European or Africanized descent.’

Pronunciation:

Africanize

/ˈafrɪk(ə)nʌɪz/