[nach-er-uh-lahyz, nach-ruh-] /ˈnætʃ ər əˌlaɪz, ˈnætʃ rə-/
verb (used with object), naturalized, naturalizing.
to confer upon (an alien) the rights and privileges of a citizen.
to introduce (organisms) into a region and cause them to flourish as if native.
to introduce or adopt (foreign practices, words, etc.) into a country or into general use:
to naturalize a French phrase.
to bring into conformity with .
to regard or explain as rather than supernatural:
to naturalize miracles.
to adapt or accustom to a place or to new surroundings.
verb (used without object), naturalized, naturalizing.
to become naturalized.
to adapt as if native to a new environment, set of circumstances, etc.
to study or carry on research in .
(transitive) to give citizenship to (a person of foreign birth)
to be or cause to be adopted in another place, as a word, custom, etc
(transitive) to introduce (a plant or animal from another region) and cause it to adapt to local conditions
(intransitive) (of a plant or animal) to adapt successfully to a foreign environment and spread there
(transitive) to explain (something unusual) with reference to nature, excluding the supernatural
(transitive) to make natural or more lifelike
“admit (an alien) to rights of a citizen,” 1550s (implied in naturalized), from natural (adj.) in its etymological sense of “by birth” + -ize; in some instances from Middle French naturaliser, from natural. Of things, from 1620s; of plants or animals, from 1796. Related: Naturalizing.
To establish a nonnative species in a region where it is able to reproduce successfully and live alongside native species in the wild. Naturalized species may be introduced intentionally or unintentionally. Eucalyptus trees are native to Australia but have become naturalized in many other parts of the world.
- Natural justice
noun 1. the principles and procedures that govern the adjudication of disputes between persons or organizations, chief among which are that the adjudication should be unbiased and given in good faith, and that each party should have equal access to the tribunal and should be aware of arguments and documents adduced by the other
noun, Immunology. 1. a small killer cell that destroys virus-infected cells or tumor cells without activation by an immune system cell or antibody. natural killer cell n. Abbr. NK cell A killer cell that is activated by double-stranded RNA and fights off viral infections and tumors.
noun 1. a language used as a native tongue by a group of speakers. noun 1. a language that has evolved naturally as a means of communication among people Compare artificial language, formal language 2. languages of this kind considered collectively
- Natural language processing
artificial intelligence (NLP) Computer understanding, analysis, manipulation, and/or generation of natural language. This can refer to anything from fairly simple string-manipulation tasks like stemming, or building concordances of natural language texts, to higher-level AI-like tasks like processing user queries in natural language. (1997-09-12)