Meaning of Russify in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrʌsɪfʌɪ/

verbverb Russifies, verb Russifying, verb Russified

[with object]
  • Make Russian in character.

    ‘efforts were made to Russify the European peoples of the empire’
    • ‘Chelsea FC, that London footballing institution, is well on the way to being Russified in the wake of the buyout by a billionaire.’
    • ‘Rather illogically, however, they denied this right to non-Russian peoples inside the Empire; these people should Russify themselves, or be Russified by others.’
    • ‘It is true that the quintessential Eastern, Russified region of Donetsk has voted overwhelmingly for its ex-governor as well as ex-petty criminal Yanukovych.’
    • ‘Anxious hotel staff rush out and sweep us into an opulent Russified artmoderne interior.’
    • ‘Instead, it was extended, stripped of its Russifying intentions, and redeployed by the Bolsheviks in pursuit of their own ‘bold experiment in language planning’ in the 1920s.’
    • ‘Only a small fraction of the ancestors of today's Armenian Americans had any contact with the Russified northern cities of Yerevan, Van, or Erzerum.’
    • ‘These people claimed to speak Russian but were in fact speaking a Russified Belarusan, often with the admixture of Yiddish words.’