2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Naturalization \Nat'u*ral*i*za"tion\, noun [Cf. F. naturalisation.] The act or process of naturalizing, esp. of investing an alien with the rights and privileges of a native or citizen; also, the state of being naturalized.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: the quality of being brought into conformity with nature [syn: {naturalization}, {naturalisation}]

2: the proceeding whereby a foreigner is granted citizenship [syn: {naturalization}, {naturalisation}]

3: the introduction of animals or plants to places where they flourish but are not indigenous [syn: {naturalization}, {naturalisation}]

4: changing the pronunciation of a borrowed word to agree with the borrowers' phonology; "the naturalization in English of many Italian words" [syn: {naturalization}, {naturalisation}]

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