a) To give something Italian characteristics
b) To adopt an Italian way of life, or Italian manners
See Also: Italianization

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  • Italianize — I*tal ian*ize, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Italianized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Italianizing}.] [Cf. F. italianiser, It. italianizzare.] [1913 Webster] 1. To play the Italian; to speak Italian. Cotgrave. [1913 Webster] 2. To render Italian in any respect; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • italianize — (Amer.) v. render Italian; become Italian in customs or ways; make something Italian in character (also Italianise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Italianize — [i tal′yə nīz΄] vt., vi. Italianized, Italianizing [Fr italianiser] to make or become Italian in quality, appearance, character, etc. Italianization n …   English World dictionary

  • Italianize — Italian ► NOUN 1) a person from Italy. 2) the language of Italy, descended from Latin. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to Italy or Italian. DERIVATIVES Italianize (also Italianise) verb …   English terms dictionary

  • italianize — verb ( ized; izing) Usage: often capitalized Date: circa 1611 intransitive verb to act Italian; specifically to follow the style or technique of recognized Italian painters transitive verb to make Italian (as in appearance or behavior) •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Italianize — Italianization, n. /i tal yeuh nuyz /, v., Italianized, Italianizing. v.i. 1. to become Italian in manner, character, etc. 2. to speak Italian. v.t. 3. to make Italian, esp. in manner, character, etc. Also, esp. Brit., Italianise. [1605 15;… …   Universalium

  • italianize — ital·ian·ize …   English syllables

  • Italianize — I•tal•ian•ize [[t]ɪˈtæl yəˌnaɪz[/t]] v. ized, iz•ing 1) to become Italian in manner, etc 2) to speak Italian 3) to make Italian, esp. in manner, character, etc • Etymology: 1605–15 I•tal ian•i•za′tion, n …   From formal English to slang

  • italianize — ə̇ˈtalyəˌnīz verb ( ed/ ing/ s) Usage: often capitalized, see ize Etymology: probably from French italianiser, from Middle French, from Old Italian italiano Italian + Middle French iser ize more at italianate intransitive verb : to act in a… …   Useful english dictionary

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