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naturalization

na·tur·al·i·za·tion

naturalization

 
pronunciation:
nae chr lih zeI shn
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Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act, on the part of a government, of granting full citizenship to a foreign-born person.
The children are citizens because they were born in this country, but their parents have become citizens through naturalization.
definition 2: the act of adapting (something) to a new environment.
The naturalization of these plants from Europe has caused problems of survival for the native species.
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