/hel"euh nuyz'/, v., Hellenized, Hellenizing.
1. to make Greek in character.
2. to adopt Greek ideas or customs.
Also, esp. Brit., Hellenise.
[1605-15; < Gk Hellenízein to imitate the Greeks, speak Greek. See HELLENE, -IZE]

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