Definition of indigenize in English:


(also indigenise)


[with object]
  • Bring (something) under the control, dominance, or influence of indigenous or local people.

    ‘English has been indigenized in different parts of the world’
    • ‘Through an odd twist of history they have come to embrace painting and other works of rectilinear format as a fully indigenized genre within the context of postcolonialism.’
    • ‘Indigenisation is good, but too often missionaries, in their desire to indigenise the newly-planted churches, rush into appointing men who turn out to be unsuitable.’
    • ‘Over the last decade, large and medium-sized Chinese industrial firms have spent less than 10 percent of the total cost of imported equipment on indigenizing technology.’
    • ‘The first action requires the Russian Methodist Church, while continuing to indigenize, to remain in close partnership with global denominational efforts.’
    • ‘He also started indigenising his group by launching a major recruitment drive in the Valley.’
    • ‘Following this principle, Hong Kong was a city that absorbed influences from the West and went on to localise and indigenise foreign cultures.’
    • ‘He recalls Pero's leadership in articulating and clarifying the challenge of indigenizing the Lutheran tradition in African-American and other communities of color.’
    • ‘Christianity, like many other cultural influences that have come to our region, has been adapted, and to a large extent indigenised.’
    • ‘The particular concern for biblical translators is how not to lose sight of the richness of indigenized English.’
    • ‘The indigenized Canadian constitutes a specific refinement in the ideology of whiteness.’
    • ‘Today, indigenized forms of Christianity seek to control the human condition in a period of insistent and significant change.’
    • ‘In indigenising English, as so many people have done in so many nations across the world, we have made the language our own.’
    • ‘An indigenized cultural pattern is integrated into the artistic repertoire of the host society, and, as a consequence, it is not felt to be ‘alien’ anymore.’
    • ‘She examines melodrama as an adapted and indigenized cultural form.’
    • ‘Similarly, Protestant hymnody used in various missionary contexts has undergone transformations in which new meanings yielded the power to indigenize and resist.’
    • ‘In a reciprocal manner, the landscape was indigenizing the snowshoers.’
    • ‘From a practitioner's viewpoint, an indigenized Indian psychology often means incorporating Indian techniques such as yoga and meditation into psychotherapy.’