Definition of acculturate in English:



  • Assimilate or cause to assimilate a different culture, typically the dominant one.

    [no object] ‘those who have acculturated to the US’
    [with object] ‘the next weeks were spent acculturating the field staff’
    ‘an acculturated Cherokee’
    • ‘The problem of course with teachers trained overseas is that they are not sufficiently acculturated in terms of education in New Zealand.’
    • ‘Therefore, they usually acculturate and assimilate rather rapidly.’
    • ‘In the eighteenth century the Protestant Irish relatively easily became acculturated and socially accepted.’
    • ‘To bring schools like these to life, education leaders and entrepreneurs need to raise the funds, hire and develop the key staff, and work with the staff to acculturate students to the new environments and new approaches to learning.’
    • ‘As families acculturate and assimilate they tend to form nuclear families with, occasionally, the addition of an elderly grandparent, and an unmarried adult child.’
    • ‘It is not surprising that Latino children have one of the highest risks for addiction because they subscribe to these dominant values and acculturate faster than their parents do.’
    • ‘As such, the local social groups were acculturated, and became bilingual.’
    • ‘Armenians quickly acculturate to their society, learning the language, attending school, and adapting to economic and political life.’
    • ‘This could be due to either extenuating circumstances or more time required to become fully acculturated to the shelter.’
    • ‘This path to Spanish was an important part of the participants' identity as they shaped their worldview based on this sense of struggle to maintain an identity as a Spanish speaker while trying to acculturate to U. S. culture.’
    • ‘Such superstitions were gradually forgotten as Romanian immigrants became acculturated into American society.’
    • ‘Colonists of Spanish, German, and Italian origins, as well as Americans of English-Scotch-Irish stock, became thoroughly acculturated and today claim Acadian descent.’
    • ‘Could it be that women have been acculturated to avoid math and science as potentially hostile fields?’
    • ‘In Pinon Middle School, we observed that the students who have been raised with traditional Navajo teachings or the students who are almost totally acculturated to the dominant culture are rarely seen for discipline referrals.’
    • ‘As we are educated and acculturated into the medical profession, we spend a substantial amount of time with others who have similar interests, educational level, and specialized language.’
    • ‘As the immigrants became acculturated into the American society, these beliefs and superstitions were forgotten.’
    • ‘If females become more acculturated to American culture, it is very likely that they experience more cultural conflicts especially in the area of gender typing and gender role expectations within the family.’
    • ‘Generally speaking men and women are acculturated differently, and have different mixes of hormones and different bodies.’
    • ‘Hungarians in Slovakia are generally bilingual and have been acculturated but wish to maintain their national culture, especially their language.’
    • ‘Historians agree that the Danes were among the most easily acculturated and assimilated of all American ethnic groups.’
    adapt, adjust, acclimatize, attune, habituate, accommodate, assimilate, acculturate, inure, harden, condition, reconcile, become resigned, resign
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Early 20th century: from ac- + culture + -ate. The noun acculturation dates from the late 19th century.