Definition of naturalization in English:

naturalization

(British naturalisation)

noun

mass noun
  • 1The admittance of a foreigner to the citizenship of a country.

    ‘an application for naturalization as a British citizen’
    as modifier ‘the naturalization process can be intimidating’
    • ‘As naturalization rates increased, Sicilian Americans began to switch from radical union activity to formal politics.’
    • ‘An application was made to the Home Secretary who could grant naturalisation.’
    • ‘Those eligible for naturalisation should be granted citizenship.’
    • ‘In most cases, aspiring voters would have to produce an original birth certificate, naturalization papers or a passport.’
    • ‘Since 1795 Congress had preserved the naturalization of aliens as an exclusively federal domain, leaving the states with no power to create United States citizens.’
    • ‘The agency received nearly 2.5 million naturalization petitions and visa applications in July and August.’
    • ‘He signed the certificates of naturalisation for the 11 people.’
    • ‘Latvia finalized a citizenship and naturalization law in summer 1994.’
    • ‘He has come to America to stay and is eager to complete the naturalization process as soon as possible.’
    • ‘He had applied for naturalisation as a British subject, but at the outbreak of war he still held Italian nationality.’
    • ‘For many, the requirements for immigration and naturalization have been made more difficult.’
    • ‘As early as 1790, Americans began to restrict the naturalization of immigrants.’
  • 2Biology
    The introduction of a plant or animal to a region where it is not indigenous.

    ‘the first report of naturalization of this species in the United States’
    ‘the successful naturalization of trout in the barren waters of the Sierra’
    • ‘We used boosted regression trees to identify factors associated with success or failure at the introduction and naturalization stages in each region.’
    • ‘During naturalization, the introduced species and biotic components of the habitat begin adapting to each other.’
    • ‘As Sampson's notions about nature changed, so too did his techniques of naturalization.’
    • ‘The successful naturalization of trout in the barren waters of the Sierra comes close to the ideal of humanity improving nature.’
    • ‘With the earlier naturalization of the shad, and later addition of the striped bass, the second aquarium car was a sort of piscine ark.’
  • 3The alteration of an adopted foreign word so that it conforms more closely to the phonology or orthography of the adopting language.

    ‘French naturalization of Creole words or phrases’
    • ‘The 'naturalisation' of the term 'mimbar' from an Islamic context made it identifiable to Muslims and to those from other religious groups.’
    • ‘The author establishes his distance from the naturalization of the word in the field of drama in Québec.’
    • ‘Given that 'cromulent' presumably means something like 'valid and current', using it to defend an 'obscure or invented word' is clearly an in-joke rather than naturalization of the word itself.’
    • ‘To Herbert Spencer ­we owe the naturalisation of the word in English.’
    • ‘The subsequent naturalization of the word in English is evident in the sermon literature of the next century.’
  • 4The act of causing something to appear natural.

    ‘trailers have contributed to the naturalization of a variety of social desires’
    ‘the naturalization of gender roles’
    ‘he continued the naturalization of the landscape, removing the old formal garden’
    • ‘She disrupts the naturalization of heterosexuality and its concomitant gender roles.’
    • ‘Whether in ancient Greece or in contemporary society, myths are intrinsic to the process of naturalization and normalization.’
    • ‘An effect of Brechtian alienation occurs, and the naturalization of genre is dismantled.’
    • ‘How can critical commentary 'mediate the radicalism' without itself performing a pernicious form of naturalisation in making it more accessible?’
    • ‘His book is about "naturalization," the long, steady march of early modern history toward forms of representation that deny or repress their own constructed nature.’
    • ‘She has convincingly demonstrated that this fusion of figure and concept is based on both a naturalization of allegory and a naturalization of sculpture.’
    • ‘One book notes that people tend to naturalize differences between men and women, but that the form that naturalization takes is culturally viable.’
    • ‘A way to accomplish naturalization, for artists to legitimize themselves, is to demonstrate the historic links between the artists and others already acknowledged as prime figures in the field.’
    • ‘Is Roland Barthes correct that naturalization is the great, unspoken secret of bourgeois aesthetics?’
    • ‘Along with its naturalization of fraternity as an ideal, the battlefield constitutes a special set of ethical protocols that makes it legal for honourable citizens to kill each other in the service of higher collective values.’
    • ‘Such representations of women, defined and utilized by men for the ideological naturalization of their colonial/countercolonial agendas, also function to contain and neuter female agency.’
    • ‘The cliché, in assuming an immediacy of understanding, acts as a mechanism for the naturalisation of sexual difference.’
    • ‘There is a need to counter the pervasive naturalization of the global as the economically optimal scale of market forces.’
    • ‘And the task of the mythographer is to ask what interests are served by the naturalization of particular convictions and values.’
    • ‘The movie nakedly presents elements of that naturalization of roles and of the consequences it produces in a declining middle class.’
    • ‘He draws on this naturalization of epistemology to argue for conclusions that are threatening to some of our most deep-rooted beliefs about ourselves.’

Pronunciation

naturalization

/natʃ(ə)rəlʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/